Saturday, September 29, 2012

Happy Birthday LauLau!

Hi everyone! One of the things I love to do, is see a commercially made card somewhere, and adapt it to my Stampin' Up! products! The idea for this card, came from one that I briefly saw at a clients house, and was not Birthday themed at all. My eye was drawn to the square patterns of color in the background and the bold black image in the foreground. By the time I made it home to my studio, I'd decided to color block the background with my Clear-Mount Blocks (sizes A, B and C) with a catchy color combo taken directly from my Color Coach (Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight and Baja Breeze), then stamp it with a solid black image (A Cherry on Top Stamp Set, from the current hostess benefits). I did cheat a little and added a Real Red cherry on the top, and since I stamped all of the images with Craft Ink, I embossed them with the Cherry Scented Embossing Powder. Mmm mmm! Hope you enjoy it!

Ingredients: (All SU!)
Whisper White CS, Classic Ink in Calypso Coral, Baja Breeze and Daffodil Delight, Craft Ink In Basic Black and Real Red, Clear-Mount Blocks sizes A, B and C, Cherry Scented Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, A Cherry on Top Stamp Set

Thursday, September 27, 2012

You're Amazing!

Hi there friends! Here is another card using some of my new stash, and I'm loving it! Looking for that DSP? It's from the Christmas Set, Be of Good Cheer. Love how versatile it is, doesn't look Christmassy here at all, does it? The triangle flag was stamped with the corner of the "You're Amazing" stamp to give it some interest. Congratulations is from the Family Reunion Stamp set, and fits perfectly into the largest banner from the Bitty Banners Framelits die. Oh, and lastly, "Winner" was punched out using the new Ticket Duo Punch! Ahhh...thanks Stampin' Up! for all your fantastic coordination, it sure makes creating beautiful projects a snap!

Ingredients: (All SU! unless otherwise mentioned)
Midnight Muse CS, Classic Ink and 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Marina Mist CS and Classic Ink, Very Vanilla CS, Be of Good Cheer DSP, You're Amazing Stamp Set, Family Reunion Stamp Set, Bitty Banner Framelits, Ticket Duo Punch, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Stampin' Dimensionals, Gems from my crafty stash

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Happy Birthday Friend, Happy Birthday

Hello! My latest order has arrived, and I'm in LOVE! This card was pretty much CASed from pg 32 in the main catalogue. Loved the simplicity of the layout, the color combo, and the clean vintage vibe with the worn and sponged edges.

Ingredients: (All SU!)
Early Espresso CS and Classic Ink, Very Vanilla CS, You're Amazing Stamp Set, Family Reunion Stamp Set, Island Indigo Classic Ink, Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink, Daffodil Delight Classic Ink, Bitty Banner Framelits

Sunday, September 23, 2012

September's MS Society Card Class

Hi everyone! Remember these cards (here and here)? They were the cards I had planned for us to make at this months MS Society card class, but I also took some Halloween Stamp Sets along, just in case. (I'm never sure who is into Halloween, and who isn't!) Glad I did though, as these are the cards we ended up making! Super fun twist on the originals, right?

Ingredients: (All SU!)
Very Vanillay CS, Perfect Plum Classic Ik, Rose Red Classic Ink, Crumb Cake Classic Ink, Netting Background Stamp, Log Cabin Smooch Spritz (retired), Whisper White CS, Early Espresso CS, Classic Ink, and Baker's Twine, Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink, Garden Green Classic Ink and Button, Jack of All Trades Stamp Set

Friday, September 21, 2012

Fri. Sept. 21 Christmas Card Class

Hello everyone! Here are the cards we are making in class this evening. The Christmas Card Class Club has started! Starting tonight, and running monthly we will be creating 6 gorgeous Christmas cards (2 each of 3 designs), so you will be prepared with beautiful hand crafted cards to give away by the time Christmas rolls around. If you've missed tonight's class, and want to join in for October, give me a call to reserve your seat. All my upcoming classes are listed in the sidebar to the right.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Hamilton Regionals Christmas Case

Hi everyone! I saw a photo of this card somewhere (but it was created using the Holiday Collection Framelits), and it was taken at the Stampin' Up! Regionals in Hamilton. That was a long sentence to say I'm sorry I don't know who the original creator was! I've changed it up a bit by using the Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies and different ribbons. I liked it because it pushed me to pull out and use some of that ribbon I've been hoarding! ;o)

Ingredients: (All SU!)
Early Espresso CS, Stampin' Write, Classic Ink, Bakers Twine, (retired) Ribbon, Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon, Wild Wasabi 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Holiday Ornaments Framelits Die, Jewelry Tag Medium Punch, Tiny Tags Stamp Set, Playful Pieces Stamp Set (retired)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Fri. Sept. 21 Christmas Card Class

Morning all! Here is a sneak peak photo of the cards we will be making at this coming Friday's Christmas Card Class. It runs from 7-9pm. We will be creating 6 cards (2 of 3 designs) you will be proud to give away! This class is running monthly (you can join in any time), so by starting Friday, you will have 24 cards ready in time for Christmas. 24 gorgeous handmade cards and no stress? Sounds good to me! Give me a call today to save your seat. Cost: $15

Saturday, September 15, 2012


Hi there friends! This card was cased from this beauty created by Cindy Coutts, and I must say I love the original more than mine :o) Makes me hope Stampin' Up! will be bringing out a new set of realistic looking leaf stamps that coordinate with the Autumn Accents Bigz Die!

Ingredients: (All SU!)
Wonderfall Stamp Set, Autumn Accents Bigz Die, More Mustard CS and Classic Ink, Chocolate Chip CS and Classic Ink, Garden Green CS, Early Espresso Bakers Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Wonderfall Pumpkin Cupcake Candle...mmm mmmm!

My house is smelling lovely after my candle buying spree last week! :o) This Pumpkin Cupcake candle needed a little bit of fall decorating prior to being lit. I'm loving it, you?

Ingredients: (All SU! unless otherwise mentioned)
Wonderfall Stamp Set, Autumn Accents Bigz Die, Watercolor Paper, Classic Ink in Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso Bakers Twine, Regals Designer Button in Cajun Craze, More Mustard CS, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Pumpkin Cupcake candle from Bath adn Body Works

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Wonderfall Branches

Morning! Here is a fun, beautiful accent piece that didn't take too long to make. All of the leaves were cut from Watercolor paper using the Autumn Accents Bigz Die. The maple leaves were folded and run through my crimping tool. The Oak leaves were embossed using the Woodgrain Embossing Folder. The leaves with the jagged edge (type? anyone?) were stamped with the Woodgrain Background Stamp in Crumb Cake Classic Ink, and the smallest leaves were left plain. All leaves were adheres to my upcycled Christmas branches using Sticky Strip, then everything was given a good misting with Log Cabin Smooch Spritz (retired). The photos don't really do it justice, Smooch Spritz doesn't really photograph true to is shimmery richness, does it? Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

School Love Note (well, gum packs), Day 3

Hey friends! So Thursday brought custom gum packs for the kidlets, instead of cards. Very quick and simple to make, and much appreciated by the kids!

Ingredients: (All SU! unless otherwise mentioned)
Crumb Cake CS, Early Espresso Classic Ink and Stampin Write, River Rock Stampin' Write, Always Artichoke Stampin' Write, Wild Wasabi Stampin' Write, Tool Shed Background Stamp, Totally Tool, Horse Frontier Stamp Set, 1" Cirrcle Medium Punch, Simply Scored

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Day 2 of School Love Notes (and the journal that inspired them :)

Good afternoon everyone! Is it any wonder that my latest journal features the new Wonderfall stamp set? :o)  I don't think it's a secret how much I LOVE this set!!! I whipped this up last night and as I was putting my supplies away, decided to use them to create adapted cards for my "lunch box love notes" for my kids. On occasion, we could ALL use a reminder to "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams", couldn't we?

Ingredients: (All SU!)
Crumb Cake CS, Wonderfall Stamp Set, Woodgrain Background Stamp, Word Play Stamp Set, Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink, Daffodil Delight Classic Ink, Early Espresso Classic Ink and Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Crystal Effects

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A (school week) of Love Notes

Hi everyone! So, it was the 1st day of school in my neck of the woods, a sad day all around! :o( I love having my kids home all summer. So to cheer us all up, I like to send little love notes in the kids lunch boxes each day for the first week. (and randomly throughout the year, of course!) They are quite simple and usually 3x3", so not time consuming to make, but my kiddies keep each and every one of them tucked away year to year. Todays card was just a folded piece of Always Artichoke CS, cut with the maple leaf from the Autumn Accents Bigz Die, and embossed with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder. A little sponging with Always Artichoke Classic Ink, and voila! A quick little love note for the kiddies! Come back daily this week to check out my other little cards.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Wonderfall Coasters

Morning all! I'm back with my favourite new stamp set ;o) These tile coasters were really simple to make, and the best? I've embossed them with the new(ish) Vanilla Scented Embossing Powder! Mmmm mmmm! They make my house smell yummy!!! To make these coasters, stamp your fave image with craft ink onto the tiles, pour embossing powder on top, shake off excess, and bake 325 degrees until powder is melted (about 5 min in my oven). Easy peasy, and so beautiful!

Ingredients: (All SU! unless otherwise mentioned)
Craft Ink in Pumpkin Pie, Real Red and Chocolate Chip, Wonderfall Stamp Set, Vanilla Scented Embossing Powder, tiles from my local hardware store, felt feet from my crafty stash.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Wonderfall Wreath!

Wonderfall Wreath measures 18" in diameter

Some of the details I love...this yummy rock and rolled Maple Leaf...

these oak leaves stamped off 3 times for varying depth of color, the acorns covered in Crystal Effects to give them a delicious sheen... 

the Maple Leave cut from colored card stock, folded and run through my crimper to give some great depth and texture, and the Early Espresso Scalloped Tulle Ribbon to soften everything up!

Happy September everyone! Last weekend I was away, and had the pleasure of several hours of uninterrupted "me time" to create this wreath. I have it hanging in my front hall, and love, love, LOVE it! Thanks to the Autumn Accents Bigz Die, and Wonderfall Stamp Set (and SU!'s perfectly coordinating inks, papers, ribbons etc!) it is the perfect fall accent for my home. Hope you all enjoy!

Ingredients: (All SU! unless otherwise mentioned)
Very Vanilla CS, Dafodil Delight CS and Classic Ink, Cherry Cobbler CS and Classic Ink, Pumpkin Pie CS adn Classic Ink, Early Espresso Classic Ink and Scalloped Tulle Ribbon, Crimper, Log Cabin Shimmer Spray (retired), Crystal Effects, Greapevine Wreath from big box store.