Friday, May 31, 2013

The New Catalog is Here!

Check out the new catalog!  You can go to the link on the left side-bar and choose how you want to view it.  Enjoy!

Friday, May 24, 2013

It's graduation time

It's graduation time around here.  Not for me, or anyone in my household, but plenty of those we know and love.  From my niece and cousin's daughter, to friends daughters, we have 5 graduation parties to attend this weekend.  All that said, I needed 5 graduation cards.  And, they couldn't be a plain old ordinary card now could they?  Well, they could have been, but what's the fun in that!

First, I need to mention that I used contraband designer paper on these cards.  Gasp!  Also, I've used some retired colors to make the cards match as close as I could to the school colors.  I'm glad I had some of that lying around.

I need to give credit here to Fran Sabad for the design of this card.  It was her inspiration (and she's made a BUNCH of different themed cards using this idea) that caused me to bite the bullet and purchase the Pop 'n Cuts base die and the Dress Form Pop 'n Cuts insert.  Great news!  They'll be hang ing around even after the Spring catalog ends on May 31st as they will be in the new catalog!  Yeah!

I should mention that I made a gift card envelope and attached it to the bottom of the inside of the card. It was super, duper fast using the Simply Scored tool and the diagonal plate.  

Monday, May 20, 2013

May Class Projects

The last couple weeks have been a bit crazy.  I'm not exactly sure why, since I don't have kids in school  and no graduates in the house either!  Needless to say, I haven't gotten much stamping done, let alone post anything here.

Here are this month's projects that we made at my stamp classes and stamp club.

These 2 cards are mostly the same, however I ran out of both the Natural 7/16" Trim ribbon (it will be carrying over to the new catalog!) and the Vintage Trinkets safety pins.  So, I made adjustments.  I really love this card.  It features the Faux Patina Technique.  I'll post the photo tutorial soon.
It also uses the Countryside stamp set that will be gone after June 3rd.

This simple card was featured in a recent issue of Stampin' Success (an exclusive magazine available to all SU! Demonstrators).  It's simple by punching out the images using square punches.  The punches are retiring though.  It features the stamp set By the Tide.

This adorable wallet was the last project.  Thanks to my team member and fellow SU! Demonstrator, Michele Force for the instructions.  They were a big hit!  You can check out her samples on her blog too.

The last project!  This card was featured at my Card Buffet class back in February.  Bootiful Occasions stamp set is featured here, as is the Print Poetry DSP paper stack.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Lovely as a Tree

I've been needing to get a card put together for a special occasion for the end year for the bible study I've been a part of.  I wanted something outdoorsy since the gal that will be receiving the card loves the outdoors and the mountains.  Lovely as a Tree seemed to be the perfect choice of stamps.  Here's what I came up with.

I used MDS to type up the verse, and then opted to print it out at home on my printer onto a piece of Very Vanilla card stock.  I'm pleased with how it turned out.

Friday, May 3, 2013

My Pumpkin Challenge MPC0513

Have you signed up to receive your Paper Pumpkin yet?  Why not?  What are you waiting for?    Signing up is easy, just click here to go to the My Paper Pumpkin site.

My Paper Pumpkin (for those who don't know) is a new subscription paper stamping escape from Stampin' Up! that is delivered right to your door each month.  There are more details at the link above.  

Hurry, go check it out!  But don't wait.  You need to sign up before the 10th of the month to get the next one.

This was April's kit.  It comes with everything you need (except the adhesive).

It's pretty neat.  Here is the card that came in April's kit, put together exactly as the instructions guide you.  There are 4 cards and envelopes.

My friend Boni has been invited to be a Pumpkin Challenge designer for a new blog for My Pumpkin Challenge, and she has invited me (and you too) to play along.  

I had so much fun thinking outside the Paper Pumpkin box, so to speak!  

What do you think?  Hopefully I've given you some inspiration too.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

May Flowers

Yesterday's snow didn't make it feel much like May, but I enjoyed making this adorable flower-pot card anyway.  Thanks to my friend Boni for the inspiration!

I didn't have any large flower stamps that I thought worked well with this card, but I do have the Fun Flowers Bigz die for the Sizzix Big-Shot.

Using some spring colors (the new Strawberry Slush In-Color is beautiful here) for the flowers and the returning Pear Pizzazz for the leaves did the trick.  I'm excited to see the Core'dinations card stock make it's way into the new catalog!

The little tag is a sneak peek from the new catalog too.  Are you excited now?