Friday, November 5, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
I made this card a few weeks ago and as I was looking at its image was just a bit inspired by the tag....because I care...Simple words, but can really pack a punch when heart felt.
Hope you have a blessed day.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Well, I'm back and have a ton of things to share. I may have stopped blogging for a bit, but I definitely didn't stop stamping!! This month, I actually went to a scrap booking convention with my wonderful sister-in-law. We spent two days being crafty and learning new techniques. LOVED IT!
So, on to sharing a card....or two :-)
Last weekend, my dear friend Jamie (aka other friend among the crafting here on this blog who is even worse than me in actually posting a project!) invited us over for her son's birthday party. I decided a little cash was in order, and therefore, a cash holder was needed.
At the scrap convention, I learned a fun way to fold my cards and I think I'm going to be addicted for a bit...oh well...its fun and all. Here is the card folded up.
Friday, July 9, 2010
It took me a while to realize these abbreviations were not the same thing. One day I saw someone say a CASE'd CAS and I was beyond confused. So, after a little searching on Mr. Google, I discovered their true meanings!
For my club last month, one of our cards was just that, a CAS which I CASE'd from Mary Brown.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
To prepare for the party, my main job was to get the invitation made and sent out. So....I just had to use the Stampin' Up My Digital Studio program. This was my 2nd or 3rd invitation using the program, and I'm still in love with it! A normal person could make this card in about 10-15 minutes. Since I don't consider myself normal, it took me about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. I just kept playing with different options which is probably one of the coolest parts of the program...there are soooo many options!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
I made her a bday card using the black magic technique and of course in all the rush of things forgot to take a picture of it. So, instead I'll share a card I made for Jamie (aka girl in the photo with me who hardly EVER blogs but I still *heart*
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I created this card to accompany her shower gift. I CASED the cute baby from Ellen Kemper) but didn't have all the right punches. So, I had to improvise a bit, but overall I like the way my cute, chubby baby turned out. Another little tidbit about the baby...I used a SU marker for the skin! Blushing blossom to be exact. Most stampers use the blushing blossom card stock, but since I had none, I improvised with Whisper White card stock and a marker.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
This set brings to mind the Boys II Men song, "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye," simply because Humor in High Heels is retiring in a very few, very short, couple of days. Lets all take a moment....
I used some retired SU DS paper, stamped it on two coordinating papers, cut it out with my wonderfully awesome paper snips, stamped dresses on white card stock, glued DS cutouts onto white stamped paper, and this is now officially the longest run on sentence!
I also used the new border punch and corner punch to make a cute background square.
I'm looking forward to the new catalog, new colors, new fun stamps, and new ideas!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
With tinkering around, I ended up redesigning the layout of this blog and created a new header with some of the backgrounds/embellishments that come with the program. It was fun and easy and addictive. Hubby was getting a bit annoyed with my late nights, but after seeing my finished product, I think he understood my obsession was well worth the lack of sleep. :)
Now, I'm going to work on making scrapbooks since its been a while...ok...a LONG while since my pictures were touched for scrap booking. This program will save the day!!
If you would like more information about My Digital Studio or any other products, please feel free to email me at email@example.com.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
If you would like to place an order, please visit my site.
First Day (#120051-CM, #118521-WM)
Whisper White cardstock
SU Decorative Paper (Retired)
Frame I stole from the bookshelf....note to self...picture of mother needs new frame!
Friday, May 7, 2010
I whipped this card out quickly. I saw a similar idea from a Stampin' Up demo site and loved the way it looked. Overall, I was happy with how it turned out and equally happy that it didn't take me 2 hours to create....yes, sometimes my cards take a while...including 'whoops' moments which happen often.
I love this cardstock. It's called Raspberry Tart (#113975) and is currently available in the Clearance Rack on the Stampin' Up site. You can find it by going to my site and click on store.
I just checked today and Stampin' Up added some new items to the clearance section. Some fabulous deals for some awesome products! The paper alone makes my day!!
Raspberry Tart Designer Paper (#113975)
Whisper White Card stock (#100730)
1/4" Rose Red Grosgrain Ribbon (#111366)
Small Oval Punch (#107304)
Large Oval Punch (#107305)
1-3/4" Circle Punch (#112004)
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Whisper White cardstock (#100730)
More Mustard cardstock (#100946)
Paper Piercer (#116631)
Monday, May 3, 2010
Since it's May, it means one very exciting thing.....the NEW STAMPIN' UP SUMMER MINI CATALOG!! (I know I know....calm down....nah, it's exciting...jump and cheer :) )
You can find an online copy of the catalog, here.If you need to place an order, feel free to call me or jump over to my website.
Stayed tuned for cuteness coming your way via a little bookworm made special for my son's teacher and some ice cream scoops for an upcoming workshop. Oh so fun!!!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Stampin' Up Supplies you will need include: Ornament Punch, 2-Step Bird Punch, Scalloped Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, coordinating card stock, ink, white gel pen, smooch spritz (available in the SU! Summer Mini Catalog)
I'll go ahead and show you the finished project first...
Ain't she somethin'? (had to get my Okie accent in a bit)
Ok, so on to my mini-tutorial of events in creating said card....
Using yellow card stock, punch out the bird wing on the 2-step bird punch a zillion times...or between 17-20 times...whichever you prefer.
Take 2 or 3 wing pieces and glue together to look like tulip buds. I used SU! glue dots to attach mine. Sponge contrasting ink at the bottom of the buds and a little up the sides of the flowers. I used Pink Pirouette which is an In Color coming back in the July SU! Catalog. I used the large oval punch to create the stems by punching out just a portion of the oval to create a natural curve to the stems. You could also use the 2-step bird punch leaves but I wanted my stems to have a bit more "meat" to them. Attached to the back of each bud with another glue dot.
The vase was so crazy simple. Using the ornament punch, line up your decorative paper, leaving off the bottom part of the punch, and punch out a cute little vase. I also sponged some complimentary color to the paper to give the vase more depth. Attach the vase to your card leaving an opening at the top for your flowers.
Next, arrange your flowers in the vase as you like and attach to your background paper using glue dots.
Other notes of interest....the background whisper white card stock has vanilla shimmer Smooch Spritz on it. The picture doesn't do the spray justice....I love love love how it made a pearlized look to the paper. The item will be available May 1st and is in the Summer Mini Catalog.
I also made another tulip and attached it with my sentiment to the inside of the card. Its all in the details, right?
Tonight I'll be making a couple more cards for baby showers and more birthdays...so stayed tuned. :-)
Monday, April 19, 2010
I was extremely happy with the way my card turned out. I always look at the finished product and start thinking of ways to make it even better though. In this case, I think a solid card stock behind the shirt would help it pop a bit more against the background paper.
I crimped the light green strip of paper only to find it made the paper too short for the space. So, I had to flatten it out a bit, but there is still some cool texture to it.
The corduroy buttons are from the clearance rack at Stampin' Up's website. If you haven't looked through the site in a while, definitely look through the clearance section. There are some fabulous deals!!
Bonus fact is the button color is Pacific Point, which is a previous retired In Color, but thanks to the COLOR RENOVATION, will be back in the July 2010 catalog!
If you would like to place an order, simply click here.
SU! Pacific Point Card Stock (Coming back soon!!)
SU! Decorative Paper (Retired)
SU! Green Card Stock (can't remember which color though...sorry)
SU! Brads from Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware (#111325)
SU! Pacific Point Corduroy Buttons (#114341)
SU! Well Scripted Stamps (#117072)
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Hopefully I will post again sooner than the last time.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
I've joined forces with Stampin' Up and signed up to be a demonstrator. So exciting!! What a fantastic way to share my ideas and craftiness!! (well, at least I think so) I have visions of fun card making parties, workshops, tutorials...the options are endless. Stampin' Up has such great products. Besides paper crafting, they also have ventured into the areas of jewelry, home decor, and digital scrapbooking. The whole digital scrapbooking stuff is one area that I haven't ventured yet, but I'm excited to try!!
With this announcement, comes another. Its the COLOR RENOVATION! Stampin' Up announced that with the new catalog (release day JULY 1!!), will come new color families. Some colors are being retired, some are staying, some are brand new, and some previously retired In Colors are returning. So with that change, it is PRIME time to stock up on some of your favorite colors that are going to the retirement home. Don't be sad, they will be happy and comfortable...promise!
Here is a listing of the retiring colors.
Pale Plum, Blush Blossom, Apricot Appeal, Barely Banana, Mellow Moss, Sage Shadow, Almost Amethyst, Lavender Lace
Glorious Green, Green Galore, Gable Green, YoYo Yellow, Only Orange, Pink Passion, Pixie Pink, Orchid Opulence, Lovely Lilac, Brilliant Blue
Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Really Rust, Ruby Red, Cameo Coral, Summer Sun
Bordering Blue, Brocade Blue, Ballet Blue, Taken with Teal, Handsome Hunter
Looking through these colors, I realize there are a few I MUST get before they retire. My list of NEEDS (not wants....I think I really NEED these!!) include:
Almost Amethyst (Item# 101723)- such a lovely shade of purple/lavender. It is a pale color and will be gorgeous on any spring card or pretty Easter scrapbooking page.
Blush Blossom (Item #102609) - perfect color for a peachy skin tone. I have the watercolor marker, but I think the ink cartridge would be a good investment for times I'm making mass quantity of cards.
Brilliant Blue (Item #100691) - a truer blue than any other ink in the family. I think it will come in handy.
Summer Sun (Item #100537) - there is just something about this yellow that makes me happy. Its just so sunny and cheerful!
Taken with Teal (Item #103257) - I'm in love with this blue-green color. Its like something from under the sea.
I'm definitely putting these pretty babies on my shopping list for the next few months. Plus the re-inkers....just to make sure I don't run out of their beautiful shades!
If you would like to place an order, feel free to check out my site http://www.julienephew.stampinup.net/ or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
So, Michael's dear, sweet mama. She loves to garden, so I figured a nature scene would fit her well.
This set from Stampin' Up is called Branch Out and is one of my favorites! Sadness that it recently retired but it will not detour my love! Hehe.
I sponged some light blues in the background to give it a little depth. Sometime was missing, so I added in a touch of sun glow with yellow ink towards middle of the card. I added a little birthday sentiment to the inside by stamping it on the polka dot paper and adhering it to my card stock. I almost messed up ROYALLY in my placement of the paper. I small shriek came out when I realized that I started to glue it horizontally instead of vertically. Thankfully, I was using some repositionable glue. THANK HEAVENS!!
SU Decorative Paper
SU Whisper White Card stock
SU Chocolate Chip Ribbon
SU Inks & Markers
Sunday, March 28, 2010
So, on to the card....
I tried to keep the card somewhat simple and avoided pink. Lately, I've been using a ton of pink and turquoise in my cards, and Shelby just ain't much of a pink kind of girl. I wasn't sure how her card would turn out, but was pleasantly surprised with it all came together.
Next card I'll be sharing is for my mother-in-law's birthday. I'm so, so, so happy with how it turned out. You know how sometimes you look at a creative project and just go "...ya...I made that..." with a hint of pride? Well, that was my moment. I'll post the pic tomorrow.
I'll close this post with the ever poetic words of Casey Kasem "keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars".....ya, I'm not quite sure what it means either.
Gina K Stamp Set
SU Decorative Paper
Random Red Ribbon
SU Whisper White Card Stock
SU Watercolor Pencils
SU Blender Pens
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
So with birthdays, of course I had to make cards! I tried to make Austin's as ungirly as possible. He opened the card with the response of, "COOL!" So, I guess I accomplished my goal. :) Here is a pic of the card.
And a picture of the birthday and his goofy grin.
I think he had a great 9th birthday including a surprise party and a sleepover with his best friend.
I'll save Shelby's card for my next post since the gal technically hasn't had her birthday yet.
Random Decorative Paper
SU Whisper White Card Stock
SU Inks & Markers
SU Greets, Earthlings Stamps
Light Green Brads
Monday, March 8, 2010
What a great excuse to make a cute card! So here it is...
I have a new love...my paper crimper. I picked it up at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago and keep finding little items to crimp. I never knew a $20 purchase (plus 40% off coupon) could make me so happy. The light blue paper on this card was crimped. I love how it gives just a little extra texture to the card.
I used SU punches for the baby and sentiment. I also pierced the paper around the scalloped circle. After adding a cute pink ribbon, I still felt like something was missing and decided to add a bit more by punching a strip of pink paper.
Overall I like the card. It wasn't perfect in my eyes, but then again, they never are.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I started with a decorative notecard that I picked up at our local Hobby Lobby. Then cut out some matching cardstock using my Spellbinders Nestibilities (love love love these!) and used Gina K's stamp set to give it a girly touch. Added some bling and used SU inks around the edges of the squares for depth. Something seemed to be missing, so I added a touch of SU ribbon.
So, Happy Birthday Lisa!! I hope it is filled with tons of cake and love!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
So, time to share two projects that I made for Austin's teachers.
I found tutorials on these projects over at splitcoaststampers.com.
Milk Carton Container:
This was made for Austin's 3rd grade teacher. It wasn't crazy easy to score some of the lines, but I'm still excited with the way it turned out. Inside I filled it with Dove chocolates and a gift card to Starbucks.
SU Designer Paper
Small Binder Clip
SU Heart Punches
Milk Carton Tutorial
Shipping Tag Box:
I made these boxes for a couple other teachers at Austin's school. After making the box, I filled the bottom with shredded colored paper and topped it off with some yummy Dove chocolate. They were extremely easy and fun to embellish! The sky's the limits with these little boxes.
SU Designer Paper
SU Heart Punches
Shipping Tag Box Tutorial
I made this for my bestie Jami for her birthday, she loved it!
I've been telling Julie for a while I'd make her one and since I am flying to go see her I thought it would be perfect time to get busy on it and hand deliver it to her. She requested reds and browns so I went thru my Valentine paper pack from Stampin Up from last year for her color request.
I get the frames at Walmart and they are very inexpensive. Depending on the size of the name they usually have to go in a 4x8 frame.
My last name just has 3 letters so I was able to use a 5x7 frame. This project is so easy I literally threw it together before work this morning. You just need a frame, paper, letter stamps, paper cutter, adhesive and ink. I have been adding flower embellishments lately or ribbon or you can simply stick with the paper, sometimes the paper can be too busy for extras. It took me about 5 minutes to put together. Here is the finished project....Julie I hope you like it! :)