Saturday, July 28, 2012

Whiter Shade of Pale–Christmas in July

I always enjoy making Christmas Cards in July because it makes me think that I am ahead of the game.  Do you feel like that too?  Today, I was playing a challenge over at Splitcoaststampers here and finally making a card for So Shelli’s card challenge here. Luckily the sun was on my side today and I was able to take a couple of photos for you to look at. 

This card is all in white so my hope is that you’ll be able to see all the embossed details and capture the softness of this holiday card!  It uses some of my newest favorite stamp sets and tools from the new Stampin’ UP! Holiday Mini Catalog*.  Ooh so many items to love! Contact me to order your favorites!

Without further ado…

Stamps: Watercolor Winter*, Greetings of the Season*, Ornament Keepsakes* 
Paper: Whisper White
Ink: Whisper White Craft Ink
Accessories: Rhinestone
Tools: Big Shot, Framelits - Holiday Ornaments*, Scallop Circle Bigz, Circle Die Bigz (Retired), Dimensionals, Heat tool, Clear embossing powder
Technique(s):  heat embossing

This card is about 4-3/8” x 4-3/8”.  This photo shows July Cards 012that the back is made from the circle die as well!  I love that it stands due to the scalloped circle! It fits almost perfectly in a standard A2 envelope, and that is how I will be sending it out. This card is one of the cards that I’ll be featuring at my upcoming Christmas card class next week! 




*All these items appear in the newest Stampin’ UP! Holiday Catalog.  All other items can be found in the US June 2012-July 2013 Stampin’ UP! Yearly Catalog and purchased directly through me or my online website.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Chalkboard Fun

I just wanted to share a few projects that I designed using the chalkboard vinyl that Stampin’ UP! had carried this year in their Definitely Decorative line.  Although the rolls of vinyl are gone there are still a few chalkboard vinyl pieces that are available on the retiring list that can be used for similar projects. 

Below you’ll find three of the projects that I offered at my chalkboard vinyl class* this week to show various mediums on which to adhere the vinyl other than your walls or cabinets. If you had purchased the vinyl and have not explored its uses yet, I hope this inspires you to get it out and start using it for your summer events! 

This is a 4” x 6” frame.  A great place to leave messages.  How fun for a graduation, new college roommate, sorority sister, or friend!  Leigh and Alex decorated their mini message boards with the Decor stencils, Elegant Trio.  (Who knew chalk could be used with the Stampin’ UP! stencils! How fun!)

Here are some fun butterflies that are cute and bright for your summer parties!  TheyChalkboard Sticks can be used as plant stakes, drink swizzle sticks, package toppers, bookmarks, lawn markers,  table placards or even at a party to identify your dishes! I’m sure you can come up with plenty of other ideas too!

Personalized Gift Box

I love these little pillow boxes, but add some chalkboard vinyl and it becomes  a unique gift box that can be personalized with names, dates or your own unique artwork. Perfect  party favors for showers, weddings, graduations, birthdays etc!

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy!


*I have a couple of classes available for sale if you are interested in doing these projects on your own.  Contact me directly for details.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Hooray for Smooches

Smooches Details I feel accomplished!  I did it….5 days of Summer Smooches!  If you missed any of the days just come for a visit to view all the Summer Smooch designs! This card incorporates the Summer Smooches Designer Paper, Fabric Brads and the Bright Blossoms stamp set!  A nice way to wrap up the week, right?! 

This unique 5.25” x 5.25” card size is perfect to showcase all the Summer Smooch wonders!

Hooray for SmoochesStamps: Bright Blossoms, Sprinkled Expressions* 
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Black Stazon, Lucky Limeade, Black Stampin’ Write Journaler (For doodles)
Accessories: Summer Smooches Fabric Brads, Gold Brads, Whisper White Baker’s Twine
Tools: Crop-a-dile, Big Shot, Tasteful Trim XL Bigz Die, Tombow Mulitpurpose Adhesive
Technique(s): Two-Step Stamping, Doodling

Thanks for spending time with me this week!  Enjoy!

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*Sprinkled Expressions was a 2012 Sale-a-bration set.  It is no longer available.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Blossoms and Daisies Scratch Pad

 Blossoms and Daisies Scratch PadI have to admit I am glad that I committed to showing you 5 days of the Bright Blossoms set.  I haven’t had this much fun creating in awhile. I hope you are as excited by these fun creations as I am. 

This project came about by necessity.  I had a not-so-cute little square box of papers that hung out by my phone when someone called.  It is down to just a few sheets, so I thought why not have something cute by the phone to take messages on.  The Summer Smooches Fabric Brads were just what this project called for.  These brads are only available until April 30th.  They will not be returning with the release of the new catalog….so if you are in love with them…now is the time to order a few packages of them.  They are delightful aren’t they?

Summer Smooches Fabric Brads

Stamps: Bright Blossoms 
Paper: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Lucky Limeade
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Summer Smooches Fabric Brads, 3” x 5” Scratch Pad
Tools: Big Shot, Daisies #2 Bigz Die, 3/8” Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon, Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive, Signo White Gel Pen, Sticky Strip
Technique(s): watermark stamping

Blossoms and Daisies Scratch Pad Open

How’s I do that? I created the Daisies by die cutting 3 Whisper White and 3 Lucky Limeade Daisies.  I alternated the colored and the white daisies and then inserted the brad in the center and opened it up.  I pulled up on the petals to complete.  I did not glue all of the daisy layers to each other, but if you prefer no movement use the multipurpose adhesive to hold the daisy layers stationery.

I’m really excited by this new cuteness! Thanks for visiting today!  I’ll see you tomorrow for the last day of Summer Smooches projects!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Bright Blossoms Friend

Bright Blossoms Friend Box Here we are mid-week with another Summer Smooches project!  I hope you’ve been enjoying the bright colors of summer in these projects this week!  Today I’m sharing with you the Summer Smooches Designer Fabric!  Summer Smooches Designer FabricThe Designer Fabric takes on the wonderful colors of the Summer Smooches Designer Paper PLUS adds some wonderful texture to our creations!  By adding the Big Shot Bright Blossoms Friend Box Open Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets to any piece of fabric you can do just about anything with fabric that you would do with paper!  Not tried it yet? Try mixing up your creations by adding Summer Smooches fabric.

This cute little box can contain anything from candies to 3 x 3 cards!  A perfect summer party favor! Spice up the envelope withBright Blossom Friend Card a touch of Summer Smooches for the perfect touch!

Stamps: Bright Blossoms, With All My Heart* 
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise
Ink: Real Red, Versamark
Accessories: Brights Glimmer Brads, Stampin’ Up! Wire Works(Retired), Summer Smooches Designer Fabric
Tools: Crop-a-dile, Big Shot, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Fancy Favor Bigz XL Die, Big Shot Multipurpose Sheets, Bone Folder
Technique(s): watermark stamping

Thanks for visiting today!  Remember two more days of Summer Smooches coming your way! Enjoy!

All products are available through my online website or directly through me!



*The With All My Heart stamp set is currently on the Last Chance List.  It will only be available through the end of May.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Blackberries are in Season

Blackberry Pouch with Matching Card Welcome back!  This is my second day sharing a project I created using the Bright Blossom stamp set along with the Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper.

This Summer Smooches Designer Paper just screams summer!  It is bright and inviting and ready for a party!  How lucky am I that it contains two prints in green too!  I love all the Stampin’ UP! greens! Summer Smooches Designer Paper

This simple project uses what I call the blackberry stamp from the Bright Blossom stamp set!  I know it will be cute in any color, but since I’ve been thinking about summer I started thinking about some of my summer favorites and blackberries are definitely on my list of favorites!

I think this would be a great gift for a friend filled Blackberry Pouch with some ripe handpicked summer blackberries!  I know that I would love a gift of these as a little summer surprise! Can you just taste them bursting with flavor in your mouth? Are you ready for summer yet?

Stamps: Bright Blossoms Blackberry Card
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Concord Crush, Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Concord Crush, Lucky Limeade marker
Accessories: In Color Glimmer Brads, Concord Crush 1/2” Stitched Poly Ribbon
Tools: 1-3/8 Circle Punch, 1-3/4” Circle Punch, Big Shot, Fancy Favor Box
Technique(s): Two-Step Stamping, Doodling

Thank you for visiting!  See you tomorrow for more fun with the Bright Blossoms stamp set and more Summer Smooches!  Enjoy!

All products can be purchased through my online website or directly through me!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Summer Smooches

Enjoy! Summer is just around the corner and Stampin’ Up! is offering a sampling of some of the newest products available in the upcoming catalog!  If you are like me, you’ll want to get your hands on this fun and quick two-step stamp set called Bright Blossoms now.  It will be available through the end of this month or you’ll have to wait until June!

Bright Blossoms

Over the next five days, I’ll show you some quick and easy cards that you can create using this adorable set and some of the coordinating products available during this month!  I just love the little circle…it so reminds me of lifesavers! The tangerine and limeade are perfect summer colors and I hope they get you ready for thinking about creating sweet summer projects!

The layout for this card was taken from the Splitcoaststampers Clean and Simple Challenge 166.  The card was so simple I created two in minutes! Create a bunch and give some summer smooches to a friend!Smooches 002

Stamps: Bright Blossoms, Fabulous Phrases
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Lucky Limeade 
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Lucky Limeade, Jet Black Stazon
Accessories: n/a
Tools: 1-3/8 Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Big Shot, Embossing folder – Elegant Lines
Technique(s): Two-Step Stamping

How did I do that? 

To create the scalloped circle ring, first punch the 1-3/8” circle punch.  Next punch the scalloped circle over the 1-3/8” circle hole that was created.  You get just the scallop ring!  Attach ring over the stamped image and the strip!

Thank you for visiting!  Enjoy!

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Botanical Inspired

Botanical For You Full View I had some time with my family this past week to visit Dallas Blooms at our arboretum.  So beautiful to look at and enjoy with the other million people that were there during spring break!  *smile*  The flowers were all in bloom, but all the herbs were looking pretty sad.  Not sure when their blooming time is…but this card depicts the beautiful herbs at their peak. 

My card was inspired by this Pin at Pinterest as well as the Technique “crop your stamped image” at Splitcoaststampers. I figured I better start using what I’ve saved at Pinterest.  I don’t want to be just a collector.  *smile*

Of special interest, I added some concord crush ruler-lined frames around each of the cropped images.  I like it!

Stamps: Herb Expressions, You’re a GemBontanical For You Close Up
Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Ink: Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Stampin’ UP! Markers (Pear Pizzazz, Wisteria Wonder, Concord Crush)
Accessories: Gemstones, Sponge
Tools: Ruler
Technique(s): sponging

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy!


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Everything is bigger in Texas

 Weeds a plenty If you know or follow me at all you have to know that I am not a gardener at all.  Over the past two years I have watched as the weeds that “we’ve put out a contract on” have not been killed.  I’ve been forced to take drastic action and go out and pull up the biggest weeds I’ve ever seen!  Over the last few days I’ve dug these weeds up by the roots…I think I’ve become an expert, but that remains to be seen at this point.  I hope not to see these lawn disgraces again after all the time I put into uprooting them!

Can you see the bits of razzle dazzle? This brings me to the inspiration for my card today – masking.  My card actually has a double meaning for masking today.  I masked the fact that this beautiful stamp reminds me of the weeds I’ve been desecrating in my lawn by adding a touch of dazzling details to all the tops.  Wouldn’t it be nice to see these beautiful “flowers” in your lawn?

The beautiful rolling hills have been created by masking the top portion of the layer with a piece of scratch paper and sponging.

Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes
Paper: Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive
Accessories: Dazzling Details
Tools: n/a
Technique(s): Masking

I’m linking up to the Simply Less is More Masking challenge today. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Thank you all for your comments!  They make my day! Enjoy!

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I had to share some other big things I’ve discovered here…

Now realize that we’ve been for what makes our Skeeter Eater third Spring in Texas and I have never seen these things before the last 4 weeks.  I had to actually get a picture of it with a ruler so you would know I wasn’t lying about how big they are.  They look like giant mosquitos. These are Crane flies or Skeeter Eaters.  How lucky am I to be pulling weeds when these things pop up out of the grass at me? LOL!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Easter Framelit Box

Incorporating Fabric as Texture in your Paper creations

Welcome back subscribers of Paper and Pixels! I’m thrilled to be able to share with you another project that uses the same technique outlined in this most recent edition. Top View Easter Framelit Box It’s also good to be back this year sharing with all of you again!

I’ve been experimenting with Stampin’ UP!’s newest product in the Occasions Mini Catalog, the Labels Framelits, as well as the Designer Series Fabric line, Flirtatious.  I enjoy trying new ideas and that is how I came to make this cute little box!  You may think that the box is covered in paper, but it is actually cardstock covered in fabric!  I wasn’t sure if the Framelit would cut through fabric, yet it cut through beautifully!  Side view Easter Framelit Box

A quick tip: Cut through the fabric side first when using Framelits. The Big Shot and dies make working with fabric and paper a breeze! The Stampinin’ Up! Paper cutter also works nice when cutting the cardstock already adhered to the fabric!  Its wonderful when your tools work together nicely, isn’t it?

If you haven’t tried working with Stampin’ UP!’s fabric and papers yet, this is a FABULOUS way to get started!  I love how touchable this project is and it is sure to elicit a WOW from your customers or recipients! I have to say it is more beautiful in person!!! Yeah, don’t you love it when a project comes together?!Close Up Easter Framelit Box Embellishment

All the beautiful fabric, paper, ink and embellishments can be purchased through my online store or directly through me! During Stampin’ UP!’s Sale-a-bration event (ends March 31) you can get the lovely Flirtatious Fabric for FREE with a minimum $50 product order, plus I’ll send directions for completing this box and the lovely embellishments when your Sale-a-bration order ships!!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy!


 Open Easter Framelit Box

The technique used for covering cardstock with fabric can be found in the current edition of Paper and Pixels along with additional ideas.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Embossing Frames

It seems that I get on tangents when I start creating with something that I haven’t used in awhile.  Today, I created cards for two Close Up different challenges and I used the Designer Frames Embossing folder.  This card was inspired by the Script challenge over at Less Is More.  This is only a one layer card, but it had to include script in addition to any other sentiments. 

This frame is wonderful to use because the center oval matches the Extra Large Oval punch.  I created a mask with the punch and stamped my script background and floral image before embossing the frame.  I so LOVE the dimension created by the embossing folder for a one-layer card!

Full View Stamps: You’re a Gem, Flores Suaves(Spanish Catalog - script), The Art of Life(Retired) 
Paper: Very Vanilla
Ink: Crumb Cake, Markers (Rich Razzleberry, Perfect Plum, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive)
Accessories: n/a
Tools: Designer Frames Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Sponge, Extra Wide Oval Punch
Technique(s): Sponging, Marker to Stamp

 Close UpMy second card, although not a one-layer card uses the same embossing folder.  I really like how the image extends past the frame just as it does in the first card.  You can barely make out the glimmer of the Dazzling details in this photo.  This challenge was the clean and simple (CAS161) over at Splitcoaststampers to use white and shades of blue. 

Stamps: Fresh Vintage (Sale-a-bration), Day of Gratitude. 
Paper: Whisper White, Not Quite Navy
Ink: Markers - (Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy,Basic Gray)
Accessories: Dazzling Details,  Whisper White Taffeta ribbon. 
Full ViewTools: Designer Frames Embossing Folder, Big Shot
Technique(s): Marker to stamp


Thank you for stopping by!  Enjoy!

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The Designer embossing frames or the Fresh Vintage stamp set are available for FREE during Sale-a-bration with a $50 product order! 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Virtual Stamp Night

I remember when I first started stamping, I discovered Splitcoaststampers.  The site offers a wonderful group of talented stampers and some great stamping challenges that I always loved to take part in.  I have not been able to play along with many of the challenges anymore, but I do when I have a chance. 

I was thrilled to have time this past Friday evening to play in the Virtual Stamp Night challenges that were planned for this past weekend!  These are a couple of the cards that I was able to create based on the challenges outlined.

Full View

This card’s inspiration was to have an image using something that you see “up in the air”  I quickly thought of flags and the use of the hat pins!  I love how easy it was to create flags with the hat pins and Designer Series Paper!  So fun!

Close Up Stamps: Sprinkled Expression Stamp Set (Sale-a-bration) 
Paper: Very Vanilla, Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper (Sale-a-bration)
Ink: Basic Gray
Accessories: Hat Pins(Occassions Mini), Everyday Enchantment Calypso Coral Organdy Ribbon (Sale-a-bration), Dimensionals
Tools: n/a
Technique(s): n/a

Concord Crush 3D Card The inspiration for this next card was to create a project using something that you haven’t used in 6 months or more.  As I filtered through my stash, I came across the Concord Crush ribbon and knew I had to use it on a card. The card a bit flat so I added a some daisy diecuts to a few of the flowers for dimension as well as twisted the ribbon before adhering it to the front!  I really enjoy the card more with that bit of pop off the card!

 3D Pop View Stamps: Upsy Daisy, Sprinkled Expressions Stamp Set (Sale-a-bration)  
Paper: Very Vanilla, Concord Crush
Ink: Concord Crush
Accessories: Concord Crush Ribbon, Flower Daisies #2
Tools: Big Shot
Technique(s): Shadowing, Stamping off

I hope you enjoy my weekend creations!  Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy!