Thursday, October 28, 2010

Card Making Night - Card #1

Friday night was our monthly card making night and we were honored with a special guest.  Kirsten Johnston came all the way from Scotland just to make cards with us. Ok, well maybe she didn't come to America just to make cards but it was certainly nice that she chose to include us in her vacation plans.  

We made four different cards this month.  Two birthday cards, one Christmas Card (the "Got Scraps" card from a few posts ago) and a Thanksgiving card.  Rather than feature all the cards in one post, I've decided to break it up into three different parts.   Today's featured card is a Bookmark Birthday Card.  The upper right corner of the card is a removable bookmark.

Instructions for bookmark:
  1. Cut a piece of card stock 2" x 4"
  2. Score at 2"
  3. Score on the diagonal from each bottom corner to the top of the center score line.
  4. Fold on the diagonal score lines and secure with a piece of tape.
  5. You should now have a triangular pocket
  6. Cut a square of coordinating cardstock 2.5" x 2.5" and cut in half on the diagonal
  7. Cut a square of coordinating designer paper 2.25" x 2.25" and cut in half on the diagonal
  8. Layer the triangular pieces of card stock and designer paper and attach to the front and back of the bookmark.
Mary Fish has a good tutorial with photos on her Stampin' Pretty blog.  You can click here to view it.

  • Stamp Set:  On Your Birthday (111664)
  • Ink:  Chocolate Chip (100908)
  • Card Stock:  Chocolate Chip (102128), Garden Green (102584), Very Vanilla (101650)
  • Designer Paper:  Woodland Walk (117389)
  • Ribbon:  5/8" Satin - Chocolate Chip (retired)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Spooky Fun at the Halloween Kid's Class

There was some spooky fun going on at the Halloween Kid's Class this Sunday. The class maxed out at 10 kids but with the older kids helping the younger ones, everything went incredibly well. Some of my crafty little friends even brought Halloween cookies that they made to share with the class. Not only were they delicious but they were beautifully decorated as well.

We started with the Decor Accents Design-a-House. One thing to note about the Design-a-House is that they are flat packed and require sticky strips to assemble. I attached the sticky strips to the houses before the kids arrived. As soon as the kids got here they spray painted their houses black. Then they decorated them still flat. We used white vellum paper for the windows.  Once the houses were decorated we assembled them and applied black glitter to the roofs and attached flying bats with pieces of plastic coated wire.  All of the houses were gorgeous and as unique as each of the girls.

  • Decor Elements Design-a-House (120911)
  • Sticky Strips (104294)
  • White Vellum Paper (101839)
  • Bitty Bat Punch (119279)
  • Misc. Card Stock
  • Foam Halloween Stickers
  • Bat Border Punch (EK Success)
  • Black Spray Paint
  • White Glue
  • Black Glitter
  • Wire

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Got Scraps?

I don't know about you but I always seem to end up with a lot of small scraps of designer paper that I can't bring myself to throw away. But what do you do with them?  Here is a great layout to use up all of those odds and ends. I saw this sketch in Papercrafts Magazine a few months ago and it has become one of my favorites.

  • Stamp Sets:  Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370), Every Little Bit (120558 - clear or 117096 - wood)
  • Ink:  Cherry Cobbler (119669), Old Olive (102277)
  • Designer Paper:  Jolly Holiday (117159)
  • Card Stock:  Very Vanilla (101650), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Old Olive (100702)
  • Punches:  Ticket Corner (119867), 1" Circle (1198668), 1 1/4" Circle (119861), Word Window (119857), Modern Label (119849)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Let's Celebrate!

Today is my friend Lisa's birthday and I created this card for her.  Since we are going to celebrate with a cup of coffee the Morning Cup stamp set was the perfect choice!  For inspiration I turned to the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge (SSSC89).  Sketches are a great jumping off point any time you need to create a card.

Happy Birthday Lisa! Hope it's a great one!

  • Stamp Set:  Morning Cup (116988 wood or 120489 clear), On Your Birthday (111664)
  • Ink:  Early Esspresso, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Baja Breeze
  • Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Baja Breeze
  • Designer Paper:  Elegant Soiree (117163)
  • Punches:  Small Heart (117193), Scallop Border (119882)
  • Accessories:  Basic Pearls (119247)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Greeting Card Kids - Christmas

Here is another card using the Greeting Card Kids stamp set. I love this set!  The images are incredibly cute and you can coordinate them with any paper when you color them in. For the ribbon accent on this card I layered 5/8" grosgrain in Old Olive with 3/8" Taffeta in Very Vanilla. I thought the Old Olive ribbon alone made the card seem too dark; adding the Very Vanilla ribbon brightened it up perfectly.

  • Stamp Set:  Greeting Card Kids (119887)
  • Ink:  Basic Black Classic Stamp Pad (101179)
  • Card Stock:  Very Vanilla (101650), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Old Olive(100702)
  • Designer Paper:  Jolly Holiday (117159)
  • Ribbon:  5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain (109054), 3/8" Very Vanilla Taffeta (109071)
  • Stampin' Write Markers:  Real Red (100052), Soft Suede (120973), Old Olive (100079), Daffodil Delight (119677)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

November Workshops

I have been planning my November workshops and decided that they will all be Christmas themed.  November is the perfect month for Christmas workshops.  Guests will get there supplies in plenty of time to create their Christmas projects and Stampin' Up! is having a great promotion from October 19th - December 16th (more details later).  These cards will be the "make and takes" at each workshop. Every guest will get to make a card and matching tag.  I will also demonstrate some great Christmas projects and everyone will get complete instructions and supply list.

  • Stamp Set:  Delightful Decorations (116517)
  • Ink:  Cherry Cobbler (119669), Old Olive (102277)
  • Card Stock:  Very Vanilla (101650), Old Olive (100702), Cherry Cobbler (119685)
  • Designer Paper:  Jolly Holiday (117159)
  • Punches:  XL Ornament (119847), Ticket Corner (119867)
  • Ribbon:  Old Olive 3/8" Taffeta (119767), Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding (120992)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Card Making Night

These are the three cards we made Saturday during Card Making Night. We really had a lot of fun! In fact so much fun that I think it was midnight when everyone finally left. We had good food, great conversation and crafting. What more could you ask for? 

For the first card of the evening I wanted to create a Halloween themed card. I thought a pumpkin was the perfect opportunity to use the Sweet Treat Cups. The only problem I ran into was finding orange colored candy. I ended up buying a bag of Starburst Jelly Beans and a bag of Dark Chocolate M&M's and Aubrey sorted them by color. What a great little assistant she is!

  • Stamp Set:  Grateful Greetings (116511)
  • Ink:  Basic Black Classic Ink Pad (101179)
  • Card Stock:  Basic Black, (121045)Tangerine Tango (111349), Rich Razzleberry (115316), Old Olive (100702), Whisper White (100730)
  • Designer Paper:  Rich Razzleberry from the Brights paper pack (117155)
  • Punches:  Bitty Bat (119279), 1 3/4" Circle (119850), 2 1/2" Circle (120906), 2 Step Bird (117191)
  • Accessories:  Sweet Treat Cups (116802)

The second card was a birthday card. We used Stampin' Write markers to color in the cake image to match the designer paper. The great thing about Stampin' Write markers is that the colors match perfectly with the paper and card stock colors.

  • Stamp Set:  Birthday Bliss (115442)
  • Ink:  Basic Black Classic Ink Pad (101179)
  • Stampin' Write Markers:  Daffodil Delight (119677), Melon Mambo (121074), Tempting Turquoise (100058)
  • Card Stock:  Whisper White, Daffodil Delight (119683), Melon Mambo (115320), Tempting Turquoise (102067)
  • Designer Paper:  Tempting Turquoise and Melon Mambo from the Brights paper pack (117155)
  • Punches:  Scallop Square (119884), 1 3/4" Circle (119850), 2 3/8" Scallop Circle (118874)
  • Accessories:  Daffodil Delight 5/8" grosgrain ribbon (119761)

The final card of the evening was a Thanksgiving card. To make the pumpkin border we used the Fall Harvest Stampin' Around Wheel and colored it in with Stampin' Write markers.

  • Stamp Set:  Grateful Greetings (116511)
  • Stampin' Around Wheel:  Fall Harvest (112478)
  • Ink:  Chocolate Chip Classic Ink Pad (100908)
  • Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Old Olive (100702), Pumpkin Pie (105117)
  • Designer Paper:  Old Olive from the Brights Paper Pack (117155)
  • Stampin' Write Marker:  Pumpkin Pie (105115), Old Olive (100079), Tangerine Tango (120974)
  • Punches:  Scallop Oval (119856), 1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval (119855)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Beary Birthday - (MOJO 159 and PPA63)

Today's card was created for MOJO Monday Sketch Challenge 159 and Pals Paper Arts Challenge #63.  I love combining challenges especially when one is a sketch challenge and the other is a color challenge.

The little Build A Bear girl was stamped onto watercolor paper with Basic Black classic ink and then colored in with Stampin' Write Markers and a blender pen. I like to heat set my stamped image before I color it to prevent blurring and smudging. To create the balloons I stamped the balloon image on colored card stock and then punched them out with the 3/4" circle punch.  
  • Stamp Set:  Beary Best Friends (118052)
  • Ink:  Basic Black Classic Ink Pad (101179)
  • Card Stock:  Pear Pizzazz (119795), Peach Parfait (119794), Melon Mambo (115320)
  • Designer Paper:  In Color - Designer Series Paper Pack - Level 1 Hostess (121028)
  • Accessories:  1/4" Rose Red Grosgrain ribbon (retired), 3/4" Circle Punch (119873), Eyelet Border Punch (119853), Blender Pen (102845)
  • Stampin' Write Markers:  Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz (In Color Marker Asst - 119801), Chocolate Chip (100071)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Christmas Greetings

Still trying to come up with the perfect combination of cards for Christmas Card Camp on Sunday, November 28th.  I'm pretty sure that this one will make the cut.  It's simple, elegant and not to bulky for mailing. 

  • Stamp Set:  Grateful Greetings (116511)
  • Ink:  Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink Pad (119669)
  • Card Stock:  Very Vanilla (101650), Old Olive (100702), Cherry Cobbler (105123)
  • Designer Paper:  Jolly Holiday (117159)
  • Ribbon:  Not Stampin' Up! - But my Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon (120992) is due to arrive by UPS this afternoon!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Delightful Decorations

I've been working on some Christmas cards for the Christmas Card Camp on Sunday, November 28th.  If you haven't registered yet there are still a few spaces open. You can find all of the details here. I have added a PayPal option if you'd like to pay for the class by credit card.

  • Stamp Set:  Delightful Decorations (116517)
  • Ink:  Old Olive (102277), Cherry Cobbler (119669)
  • Card Stock:  Very Vanilla (101650), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Old Olive (100702)
  • Designer Paper:  Jolly Holiday (117159)
  • Punches:  XL Ornament (119847)
  • Accessories:  Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon (109054)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

All Spruced Up

Feeling Uninspired:
Since I've been feeling a little uninspired lately I decided to go out blog surfing to see if something would light my fire. But sadly — No. And it isn't because I didn't see a ton of gorgeous cards. There are so many talented paper artists out there that I'm envious.

I decided I am just in a slump. I went to the book store and checked out the inspiration. 

I wandered the isles of Joanne's and inspiration. 

I came back home and looked through old catalogs/idea inspiration.

I went through my stash of paper, looked at all the stamp sets on my inspiraaa...wait what's that set hiding back there? 

Fun Fast Notes:
It was Fun & Fast Notes. The good old standby that came in my starter kit. No one seems to use this set any more. I felt like it was crying "What about me? Don't forget about me".  Somehow this set seemed to fit my mood. I decided to take it out and like the stamp says, get it all spruced up.

Pals Paper Arts Challenge
As I was completing this card I new it needed a little something more. Then I thought about the Pals Paper Arts Challenge for this week, and decided it could use a couple of buttons. This was just the finishing touch it needed to make this card truly "All Spruced Up".

  • Stamp Sets:  Fun & Fast Notes (113500)
  • Ink:  Basic Black Classic Ink Pad (101179)
  • Card Stock:  Very Vanilla (101650), Old Olive (100702), Cherry Cobbler (119685)
  • Paper:  Jolly Holiday Designer Paper (117159)
  • Stampin' Write Markers:  Old Olive (100079), Cherry Cobbler (119681), Daffodil Delight (119677), Soft Suede (120973)
  • Accessories:  Old Olive buttons from Brights Designer Button assortment (119747), Linen Thread (104199)