Jul 29, 2011

The end of an era

Today was my 5 year-old's last day of daycare (which he's been going to ever since he was 3). In September he will be starting full-day classes in French Immersion, so we're really excited about that, but it was sad to have to say goodbye today.

We made his teachers these little gifts, and some matching 3 x 3 cards as a token of our appreciation.

I got the idea from Pennie McCallum's blog, she has a tutorial on there for the box and instructions for the bookmarks also. Click here for the instructions!

Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Whisper While and Sunny Garden DSP

Ink: Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie, Calypso Coral

Stamps: Clearly For You, Nature Walk, Button Buddies, Kindness Matters

Also: 1/4" white grosgrain ribbon, linen thread, 1-3/4" scallop circle punch, 1-3/8" circle punch, sticky strip.

I'm so excited to be starting university in September, and am already planning ways to show Stampin' Up! products on my school necessities (notebooks, computer, etc). I'd love to hear any ideas you have, please leave me a comment below!

Thanks for looking!


Jul 19, 2011

A Thank You Card

My upline, Genevieve, very sweetly agreed to take some swaps to Convention for me. I made her a little thank you card to show her my appreciation.

I used two of the new In Colors, Wisteria Wonder and Calypso Coral, and some new stamps! The large flower is from Button Buddies, and the smaller ones are from a retired hostess set. The sentiment is from a new hostess set called Perfect Words, one of my favourite new sets! I ran the flower layer through the polka dot embossing folder before sticking it down onto the layers.

The card and envelope were spritzed with vanilla shimmer smooch spritz, and I stamped some flowers inside with Versamark. I also embossed the envelope flap to make it match the card. Hope she likes it!

Jul 18, 2011

Playing catch-up

I cased these Get Well cards from someone (sorry, I didn't pay attention to where I saw them!) and switched up the ribbin placement. This one uses the Paisley Petals DSP and the Pear Pizzazz DSP from the In Color paper stack.

Since we finally got a new camera, I've been able to move photos off my phone and onto my computer. I hope to post them all soon, although I won't swarm you with too many at once! Sadly, some of the sets are now retired. Here a a few recent projects:

This was a gift for my son's SK teacher. I used Rose Red and Whisper White cardstock, Circle Circus and Big Deal alphabet (retired), and Early Espresso, Rose Red, Perfect Plum, Marina Mist and Baja Breeze inks. I also embossed the folder front and used the scallop trim edge punch and 1-3/4" scallop circle punches, Rose Red seam binding and the sponge daubers :)

This I made with the matchbox die, and Blushing Bride DSP from the 6" x 6" stack (also retired). Turned out pretty cute!

Jul 17, 2011

Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz. I put that **** on everything!

It's true, lol. I just got my first little bottle of smooch spritz on Wedensday, and it's half gone already. I smmoched my cards, I smooched some ribbon, I smooched some buttons... and then it got ridiculous. I tried smooching myself, some shelves in my craft room, random pieces of furniture that I thought could use some bling... I had to remind myself that I would be meeting a family member for the first time tomorrow and should not look like I bathed in body glitter!

That said, I do have some cards to show you! I got my first order from the new catalogue the other day (have you used the new hostess benefits program yet? It's wonderful!), and I couldn't wait to play! Unfortunately I challenged myself to tidy up everything I had out before opening new toys :)

We had a birthday this weekend, so I broke out one of the new hostess sets, Happiest Birthday Wishes, and made this card:
Thank goodness for our super Color Coach, which told me to use Island Indigo and Lucky Limeade (new colours!) with More Mustard from the Regals family. I stamped the large Happy Birthday stamp to create the background with Versamark, then ran that layer through the Polka Dot embossing folder. I decided to round all the corners, just because :)

I attached some knotted ribbon and stuck the layers together with my snail. Then I got out my Lots of Tags sizzlets, used this oval sentiment (which fits the oval in the frame sizzlet perfectly - there's also a punch for this!) and cut it out, with an Island Indigo full tag behind, and added it using dimensionals. Finally I smooch-spritzed the card.

I also wanted to make a little card in similar colours for what I think is the cheapest stamp set in the new catalogue (bar the a la carte stamps). This one is called 'Kindness Matters' and has some beautiful butterflies. I love butterflies :) This one is also on a 3x3 More Mustard base, with a distressed-edge Very Vanilla layer, inks are Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral and Island Indigo. I used some contraband grosgrain ribbon and an antique brad to finish it off.
This one luckily did not get smooch spritzed, but it hasn't been given away yet!

I do have more to post, but this is good for now. Adios!

Jul 2, 2011

Hostess benefits improved!

Stampin' Up! is making it even easier to earn free products!

One layer wonder

I belong to an online SU! demonstrators group called SUDSOL. Twice a week, they have a 'Chat & Challenge', and this week, participants were challenged to create a one layer card with no embellishments, ribbons, etc. What's a bling-lovin' girl to do? I pulled out one of my favourite stamp sets, On the Grow, and got to work. About 2 minutes later, I was done!

Turns out that when you're doing a super simple card, it doesn't take very long! I stamped the image and sentiment (I think I spent longest deciding where to put the sentiment in relation to the image!) I coloured it using my Subtles Watercolour Wonder crayons and an aquapainter. It still looked a little bare, so I took my Tempting Turquoise marker and drew a frame around the whole card. Ta da!

I often spend time adding dimension and more colour and embellishment to my cards, so this was a very refreshing change. Give it a shot!