Feb 27, 2012

Vintage Sale-a-Bration!

While procrastinating on exam prep yesterday, I decided to make a card with a colour combo and sketch that popped into my head a few days ago (this is why there should always be a random scrap of paper and pen in the car!). I didn’t have Basic Gray ribbon, so I switched to Always Artichoke, and to complement it I changed my imagined pinks (Regal Rose and Pretty in Pink) to Calypso Coral.

I used 4 different Sale-a-Bration products in this card! The brad, both stamp sets and the DSP are all products you can get for free with a $60 order!

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And the reason why all this popped into my head in the first place…

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…this flower! The brad is Very Vanilla and Calypso Coral, and the ribbon is Always Artichoke Seam Binding. I heat set the ribbon to keep the shape.

Thanks for looking!

 

Shelley

Feb 26, 2012

Enchanted Sale-a-Bration

I am loving the new products that are available for Sale-a-Bration. Along with some current catalogue merchandise, there are exclusive stamp sets, ribbon and designer paper.

I made this quick project for an upcoming Wedding card class. It uses the Everyday Enchantment paper, along with the Fresh Vintage stamp set. I added a sentiment from Petite Pairs, and layered the oval and scallop oval punches to make the sentiment pop.

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You could easily step this card up with some ribbon, pearls or rhinestones, or even a punched border along the side. Or all three ideas!

If you’re interested in attending this, or any other class with me, visit my Stampin’ Up! website and go to my ‘Events’ page. If you bring a friend, there will be an exclusive, extra project for both of you!

 

Thanks for reading!

Shelley

Feb 24, 2012

Playing with gnomes…

I belong to a wonderful group of demonstrators called SUDSOL – Simply Unique Demonstrators Sharing On-Line. They host weekly challenges: sketches, stamp sets and theme challenges. Last week’s stamp set challenge was to use the Gnome Sweet Gnome set – one that is slowly but surely becoming a favourite set to grab when I want to make a ‘just because’ card.

I also have a lot of DSP that I need to use up before the end of May, when our NEW CATALOGUE comes out! Can you believe we’ve only got a few more months?? I can’t wait to see what Stampin’ Up! has for us next!

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This card uses our Just Add Cake DSP, perfect for kids’ cards, or for those who are young at heart.

If you’d like to make this one at home, here is the recipe!

Base: 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” Peach Parfait cardstock
DSP: 3-1/4” x 4” dotted DSP, 2” x 4” circles DSP (both from Just Add Cake!)
Ribbon strip: 1” x 5-1/2” Marina Mist cardstock
Image Layer: 3-3/4” x 2-3/4” Whisper White cardstock
                            3-7/8” x 2-7/8” Peach Parfait cardstock
Extras: In Color markers, Lucky Limeade SAB ribbon, Brights brads

I’d love to see your creations – email me a picture of what you’ve made and be entered into a draw for free product!

Remember that Sale-a-Bration is in it’s last month!! You only have 5 more weeks to earn your free, exclusive SAB items with a $60 order, or earn the free vintage bundle with a qualifying workshop!

Thanks for reading!

 

Shelley

Feb 21, 2012

Love and marriage…

A customer asked me to hold a wedding and anniversary card class for her this week. At first I was worried about being able to come up with 10 different ideas for wedding-themed cards, but after sitting at my desk and trying out different ideas, I managed to come up with quite a few.

This one uses the Manhattan Flowers embossing folder, Wisteria Wonder ruffled ribbon and our basic pearls – a must for wedding cards! Colours are Blushing Bride, Whisper White and Wisteria Wonder. The stamp is from Word Play, and the circle is punched with the 1-3/4” punch, tied onto the ribbon with white Bakers Twine.

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We are half way through Sale-a-Bration, so if you haven’t earned your free goodies yet, what are you waiting for?? Every $60 order earns a free product.

I hope you are having a great week, and get to fit some stamping into your schedule!


Thanks for reading,
 
Shelley

Feb 13, 2012

Fit for a Valentine

Tomorrow is ‘the day’ when we show our loved ones how much we love them. Sadly, mine leaves for a business trip at 4am, but I know he’ll have his case packed tonight so I’m hoping to pop a few little surprises in there  when I get home. We’ll celebrate properly when he gets home.

Usually we don’t so much for Valentine’s day, but I’m beginning to think it’s important to set aside some time; we get so caught up in everything else going on that usually, the relationship with our other halves is the first thing to suffer.

This is one of the cards I’m going to give to hubby:

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I made this one for a team swap in January, we were using all products from the Sale-a-Bration brochure (we’re half-way through, if you haven’t gotten your free SAB items yet, contact me or visit my website!

Have a great Valentines day with your honey!

 

Thanks for reading!

Shelley

Feb 10, 2012

I need to make HOW MANY Valentines??

My eldest son advised me today that he needed “about a hundred” Valentines cards for his friends and family. Thinking he was vastly exaggerating, I sat down with him to make a list, and it turns out he was closer than I expected. Because he’s in so many different social settings, with his school class, his daycare, mandarin class, karate and then teachers, his friends and family that are outside of that, he really does need around 90 Valentines – and that’s not giving to every single child in all of those activities.

Ryan is also in daycare and has a class of about 20 (with only 4 girls!) so I will be making Valentines for him too. Some of the images from the retired set, ‘Recess’ (Summer Mini, 2011) fit into the full heart punch, so I will probably use that for one group, and use ‘I Dig You’ and ‘Make a Monster’ for some of the others. I think I still have some of the Love Bot valentine boxes from the Clearance Rack from last year, so I’ll use what I can of those too.

The ‘girl’ Love Bot Valentines are still on the Clearance Rack, you get 30 (10 each of 3 designs), 3”x3”x3/4” boxes for $3.89. You  can dress them up with some ribbon or punched hearts, and they hold a few little chocolates (my favourite are the caramel hearts – mmm!). These are easy for little hands to assemble and fill, making this a fun ‘mom and me’ activity for you and your little one!

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If you would like to order these, or any other items, visit me online or email me.  And remember to check out my Events calendar – I’m always open to private classes for you and your friends, ask me about available dates!

Thanks for reading!

 

Shelley

Valentines Day is quickly approaching

My eldest son advised me today that he needed “about a hundred” Valentines cards for his friends and family. Thinking he was vastly exaggerating, I sat down with him to make a list, and it turns out he was closer than I expected. Because he’s in so many different social settings, with his school class, his daycare, mandarin class, karate and then teachers, his friends and family that are outside of that, he really does need around 90 Valentines – and that’s not giving to every single child in all of those activities.

Ryan is also in daycare and has a class of about 20 (with only 4 girls!) so I will be making Valentines for him too. Some of the images from the retired set, ‘Recess’ (Summer Mini, 2011) fit into the full heart punch, so I will probably use that for one group, and use ‘I Dig You’ and ‘Make a Monster’ for some of the others. I think I still have some of the Love Bot valentine boxes from the Clearance Rack from last year, so I’ll use what I can of those too.

The ‘girl’ Love Bot Valentines are still on the Clearance Rack, you get 30 (10 each of 3 designs), 3”x3”x3/4” boxes for $3.89. You  can dress them up with some ribbon or punched hearts, and they hold a few little chocolates (my favourite are the caramel hearts – mmm!). These are easy for little hands to assemble and fill, making this a fun ‘mom and me’ activity for you and your little one!
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If you would like to order these, or any other items, visit me online or email me.  And remember to check out my Events calendar – I’m always open to private classes for you and your friends, ask me about available dates!

Feb 8, 2012

Preparing for Regionals

Some of my Team S.T.I.C sidelines will be travelling this month to Stampin’ Up’s Spring Regional event in Columbus, Ohio. Sadly I will not be able to join them, but I will be sending some swaps along, and getting some beautiful samples from other demonstrators back!
I decided to take a look through some of the cards I’ve made, to give me some inspiration for my swap card. I’m thinking of using the ‘I Dig You’ set, since I want to use something from the current IB&C, rather than something from the mini that I expect will retire in March, and may or may not come back.
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The first one was CASEd from a sample I saw online somewhere, and the second is an original design. I would have to alter the first one as I don’t have enough of the DSP for many swaps, but would probably use an embossing folder and sand the dots or ink up the folder with some craft ink. I would also change out the buttons, probably making my own with a circle punch and some Crystal Effects.The second card is simple, and doesn’t use many embellishments, but it may be a little too simple.

The other sets that are ‘in the running’ are ‘Fox and Friends’, and ‘Button Button’, both sets I haven’t use in a while.



Thanks for reading!
Shelley

Feb 2, 2012

What, no stamping?!?!

Here’s a card I made a long time ago, it’s very simple and the sentiment can be added on when needed, either directly on the bottom or layered. You could also add an image over the Lattice cut-out if you wanted to!

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The base is Certainly Celery, with a Whisper White layer and another Certainly Celery layer on top. The lattice die cut was cut out in Whisper White, and Rose Red brads from the Subtles pack were added at the intersections. I also ruffled Rose Red Seam Binding along the bottom.

This is a very easily replicated card, perfect for beginners. It would also go well in a gift pack with an assortment of cards with sentiments to be chosen from as the need arises.

Try making a simple card with no stamping today! Sometimes the tools and embellishments can be the focal point :)

 

**Did you know you can download a FREE trial of Stampin Up’s exclusive digital design software this month? My Digital Studio Express comes with products already loaded so you can try it out for yourself. There’s no cost, so what are you waiting for?!? Visit my website to download, and search for item 129600. Why not take a look at some of the other digital options that are available while you’re there?

Shelley

Let’s do a monthly catch-up!

Since I seem to have disappeared for the latter part of January, let’s catch up on what I’ve been up to! I’ll post a card a day for the next week; if you’d like measurements, email me and I’ll be happy to send them to you!

On January 17, I held a card class on Pop-Ups and Fancy Folds with a dear customer of mine. We did 5 cards, 2 pop-ups and 3 different folds.  P1240214 

This card uses the new SAB designer paper, Everyday Enchantment. The colours in this design are Very Vanilla and Riding Hood Red, and I layered this on a piece of Basic Black card stock, leaving a 1/4” border. I stamped the background using the small flower from the Flight of the Butterfly stamp set. For the front, I also punched out shapes using the Full Heart punch and Modern Label punches in Riding Hood Red, and stamped my sentiment onto Whisper White, then punched that out using the Word Window punch. These were popped up on dimensionals.

For the inside, I used my Word Window punch on a Whisper White layer and made a little ‘pop-up layer’. I stamped the matching sentiment from Petite Pairs on a strip of Whisper White, and on the end I put a 1-3/8” scallop circle punched out of our silver glimmer paper, with 3 hearts from the Heart to Heart punch punched again from Riding Hood Red.

Don’t forget that it’s Sale-a-Bration, which means you get a free product from the SAB brochure for every $60 in product you buy! If you were to buy any two of the punches I used, a pack of cardstock and a SNAIL adhesive, you would qualify to get the Designer Series Paper for FREE!

Visit my website for more information or to place an order. Remember to check my Events page while you’re there!

 

Shelley