Sunday, February 15, 2015

Baby season is upon us

Seems like babies come in cycles, either everyone I know is having one, or there are no babies at all!

Right now there are several friends and family members who are expecting.  Seems like when I need a blue card, all I have are pink ones, and when I need a pink one, whoops blue is all that is on hand.

So I decided to go green and yellow!  Of course if I know it is a girl, then I will want a pink card!
This is a retired Stampin' Up! set, I'm Here it also has feet images, I do like the way it turned out, I made a variation,  I used the Borderettes (133662) to create the background, I use 3 of the images on one block and repeated the lines across the card.  It has been one of my favorite sets to use as a background!
These words were just on my shelf, they were an unmounted stamp so I am unsure who makes the words.  Then I tried one more time!

This time ditching the yellow card stock and opting for white and green.  I used part of the embossed image Arrows embossing folder (132187) to make border down the left side.

On the inside of all cards, I kept it simple, Congratulations

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentines Day!

Today is Valentine's Day and I wanted to Post a 'Valentines' day card, so I went searching thru the photos on my computer and came up with this old one.  It is an Oldie and maybe NOT a goodie!  A retired Stampin' Up! set called Funky Favorites, it is one I have saved as I like the images, an overstuffed chair, a chicken a bird house, a very small cup of coffee, a coffee bean. and this heart and flower.  I embossed the hearts and flowers in brown embossing powder on a brown card, I punched out an oval near the top right side of the card, then I stamped the heart in pink and cut it out, this was way before die cuts and thinlits etc.  The Happy Valentine is an old Stampin' Up verse and I used the 'fancy' scissors to cut around it and added 3 white eyelets.

Most likely  NOT my best card ever, but it does say Happy Valentines Day!

I have been trying to sell my cards, so I have with me a small binder with a selection of cards for purchase, charging $3 each or 2 for $5,  So this year, I changed out all the cards and put in Valentine cards and I sold 4 cards this week, to my co-workers, but sold them non the less!  I was pretty happy.  I cut white copy paper slightly smaller than the card and stamped on it the Happy Valentine's Day verse, then I can simply glue the folded sheet into the card, so I was able to put in cards that were not specifically Valentine's Day, but certainly could be. This also prevented me from having so many Valentine's  left over, now that they are not sold, I can still use the cards as Thank you's or birthday or whatever I need.

I also do not like specific Valentines, and certainly not red and pink ALWAYS,  I stamped at Billies on Super Bowl Sunday and I took a pack of DSP and some coordinating cardstock and made a few cards, using her Valentine type verses I like the results.

Then I came up with

Again not traditional Valentine's day colors, but I like them, now unfortunately these are specific to Valentine's day and they did NOT sell this year, so I will have them around for next year, although I do need a card for my beloved today....

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Happy Valentine's Day to you!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Scallop punches

I do love using the scalloped punches.  It is an easy way to frame an element, and if you have 2 sizes you can "frame" the design.  I used the Scoring board to make the background on the chicken card then stamped in checker board fashion the brown swirly elements.  Add a bow and a simple sentiment and Voila it's done.

Stampin' Up! created the blue flower image using the punches, how clever of them!  I like it as it add dimension.  I used the paper piercing tool to create lines of 'stitching' and again a simple sentiment.  I tied 2 pieces of ribbon to the corner of the square where I mounted the flower and again it's done.

Both of these layouts would work great with other stamped images and color combinations.

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

This is what Crafty looks like...

This is what Crafty looks like at my house. Kitchen table strewn with all kinds of supplies. These were projects from last months stamping/card making workshop, these were the left over kits I had made up.  Before I put everything away I decided to put together a few projects.  I changed up the colors and images and like how they all turned out.

When I get ready to design a card for my workshops, one of my major thoughts is "do I have enough paper, embellishments, ribbon etc for everyone?"  If not then I have to tweek the design to fit the supplies I have on hand.

I usually like to create several samples to show everyone 'other ideas' to use the same stamp set, and sometimes it takes me several versions to come up with exactly what I want.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Hello February!

Yes it has been a bit since I posted last, however just because this is a Christmas Card does not mean that you missed most of 2015!  After all it has not been THAT long since I posted!

This past week was extremely hectic, I think I was only home immediately after work only 1 day, Monday!
This Snowflake set is an older set, but I have held on to it because it is a good set.  Actually it is called Snowflakes and has several different sizes of Snowflakes.

I used the Real Red Card Stock and Ink, along with Always Artichoke Card Stock and Ink.  The ribbon is from Stampin' Up! but you guessed, no longer available.

I do like the Six Sided Sampler (130953) stamp set, I thought the stripe looked like candy canes. After I punched out the hexagons, I used Stampin' Dimensions (104430) pop them up.

It is a fairly simple card which is great for a Christmas Card especially if you are going to create multiples.

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