Monday, February 28, 2011

Butterfly Gift Card Holder

Today's post is a gift card holder that I made for a game I play when I hold workshops.  It was pretty simple and quick to make, which is a good thing because I seem to have a hard time keeping up lately!

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Stamp Set:  Flight of the Butterfly
Card Stock:  So Saffron, Regal Rose, Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist
 & Very Vanilla
Classic Stampin' Pads:  So Saffron, Regal Rose, Wild Wasabi
 & Marina Mist 
Punch:  Butterfly
Ribbon:  1/8" Taffeta in Marina Mist
Shimmer Paint:  Champagne Mist

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Petal Cone Die Box

Today's post is another thing I've been thinking about for a few weeks.  At our last Red Hot Stampers meeting our upline, Glenda, had all of us cut out two of the Petal Cone Dies using any color we wanted, and you guessed it....she asked us  to make something out of it.  For some odd reason I chose Always Artichoke ~ don't ask me why~ and now I needed to figure out what to do with it.  Well, that's where these challenges come to the rescue!  I saw challenge 56 from Hand Stamped Sentiments.  It was all about dies, and that's what I was doing.  So I decided to do a box and put some kind of flower on top... 

...but what color  should I use for my flower?  That's where my next challenge, #41 from Stampin' Celebration helped out.  I love the colors they put out there for us to use.  This challenge has shadowing on the table cloth that makes it appear green and the flowers were just the color I needed to go with Always Artichoke.

Thanks to all the ladies out there who put a lot of time and effort into these challenges for us!

I finally came up with this lovely box.  Not sure what kind of flower I would call it, but I think it looks similar to some pictures I've seen of some dahlias, so I'll go with that. :)  

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Card Stock:  Always Artichoke, Rich Razzleberry & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Rich Razzleberry & So Saffron
Big Shot Dies:  Petal Cone & Daisies Flower #2
Punches:  Boho Blossoms & 1/2" Circle
Ribbon:  5/8" Grosgrain in Rich Razzleberry
Jewels:  Basic Pearls

I sponged the daisies with Rich Razzleberry and So Saffron then attached the three layers of the large daisy to each other and curled each layer to my liking.  I repeated the same step with two layers of the medium daisies and one layer of the small daisy. I attached it to the box with velcro, so it's relatively easy on and off.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Happy Wedding Day

Today's card is one that I've been thinking about for a couple of weeks.  I've always loved the white cards with just a touch of color on them, and I thought it would be a great idea to use for a wedding card for my nephew and his bride to be.  As I was looking around at different sketch challenges I found one that I thought would go great with what's been going through my mind...The Paper Players Challenge # 35.  Thank you, ladies, for your idea and your challenges.  This is the first one I am doing with the Paper Players. :)

I wanted the color I used to coordinate with their wedding colors, however I knew we did not have the color of ink I needed.  I ended up sponging Pacific Point around all the edges and then going over it with Wild Wasabi.  It was too green when I did that, so I carefully sponged back over it again with Pacific Point until the color matched the invitation.  Yes! I got it to match perfectly! 

I got the idea for scoring the flower petals from this video here.  I'm not sure what her name its, but she makes beautiful flowers!  Thank you for the idea!

Thanks for looking and have a great day! 

Card Stock:  Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Pacific Point & Wild Wasabi
Big Shot Embossing Folders:  Vintage Wallpaper, Elegant Lines & Elegant Bouquet
Punches:  Blossom Petals & 1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval 
Jewels:  Basic Pearls
Shimmer Paint:  Champange Mist

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Because I Care

Today's card was made for a new friend and fellow demonstrator who is going to be sending the birthday cards she receives to servicemen and woman overseas to send to back to their loved ones.  I've read about this quite a bit lately and am glad I have a chance to participate.  Click here if you'd like to read about what she's doing.

Stamp Set:  Because I Care & On Your Birthday
Card Stock:  Perfect Plum, Bashful Blue, Marina Mist & Very Vanilla
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Perfect Plum & Certainly Celery
Punch:  Scallop Trim Border & Modern Label
Big Shot Embossing Folder:  Vintage Wallpaper
Jewels:  Basic Pearls

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Baby Buggy

Today I have a 3x3 card for a baby shower that's coming up soon.  What color do you make the card when you don't know if it's a boy or girl?  A mixture like this.  The green and yellow just didn't seem to be working out, so I put just a touch of each color in with a lot of white!  

Card Stock:  Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Certainly Celery and Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Certainly Celery & Bashful Blue
Big Shot Embossing Folder:  Perfect Polka Dots
Punches:  Scallop Trim Border & 1/2" Circle
All other circles were cut with a circle cutter and the handle cut by hand

Monday, February 21, 2011

Lovely as a Tree

Well, I'm a little slow getting this card out today, but that's life sometimes.  I'm just glad things have been cancelled around here because of the snow and ice, giving me a chance to have a day of stamping all to myself...well, at least half of a day. :)  Today I'm doing a masculine card for the Mojo Monday challenge.  I can't say it's as pretty as what I normally make, but I'm getting a little low on guy cards and need to build up my supply.  I think I need to start building up a supply of new masculine stamp sets too! 

Thanks for looking!

Stamp Set:  Lovely as a Tree
Card Stock:  Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler & Very Vanilla
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Old Olive, Chocolate Chip & Cherry Cobbler
Punches:  Modern Label & Word Window
Big Shot Embossing Folder:  Square Lattice

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Blossom Petals

Today's card is a challenge from my upline, Glenda.  She challenged us to pick a card or scrapbook page from the Idea Book & Catalog or the Mini Catalog and copy it using a different stamp set, ink colors etc.  I picked a card on page 155 from the Idea Book & Catalog and this is what I came up with.  

Thanks for looking and have a blessed Sunday.

Stamp Set:  Because I Care
Card Stock:  Rich Razzleberry, Garden Green & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pad:  Rich Razzleberry
Big Shot Embossing Folder:  Vintage Wallpaper
Punch:  Blossom Petals XL
Shimmer Paint:  Champagne Mist
Sponge (for flower petals) & Crimper (for leaves)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Spring Daisies

Can you tell I'm thinking spring lately with the cards I've been making?  Seems like all my cards have flowers of some sort or another lately. :)  Today I made a card for two different challenges. 

 Stamping411 Challenge 191 gave me the sketch to work with and Stampin' Celebration Challenge #40 gave me the colors.  

I'll admit I had a hard time trying to get the right balance with the colors at first, but I really like how the card turned out. :)  
Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Card Stock:  Daffodil Delight, Garden Green & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Real Red & Daffodil Delight
Punch:  Modern Label
Big Shot:   Embossing Folder Perfect Polka Dots & Flowers Daisies #2
Ribbon:  3/8" Taffeta in Real Red
Crimper for leaves

Friday, February 18, 2011

Because I Care ~ Mojo Monday

If you checked out my blog post yesterday, you can see that I used the same stamp set and colors for my Mojo Monday card as I did for Stamping 411.  I always like to make at least two cards when I'm stamping.  I either make them identical or's just easier to do that.  After all, you already have the beginning of a card started for a second one once you've cut the first!

Lately as I've been checking out other ladies' cards on sketch challenges, I found I was coming across one lady's cards/blog quite a bit...Kasey, from Kasey's Craft Corner.  I guess I just really like her style of cards! :) Anyway, one of her cards showed instructions on putting a scalloped border under ovals and circles.  I was seeing that quite a bit and wondering how it was done.  Now that I figured out how to do it I figured Mojo Monday's card sketch challenge was the perfect time to give it a try.  Maybe a lot of you already know this trick, but I didn't.  If not and you would like to see how it's done click here, check out her card, scroll down and it will bring you to her instructions.  Thanks Kasey! 

Stamp Set:  Because I Care
Card Stock:  Perfect Plum, Certainly Celery & Very Vanilla
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Perfect Plum & Certainly Celery
Punch:  Scallop Trim Border
Big Shot Embossing Folder:  Vintage Wallpaper
Ribbon:  5/8" Satin in Certainly Celery
Jewels:  Basic Rhinestones

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Thinking of You

I needed a sympathy card and decided to use the stamping 411 sketch challenge to help me out...again!  I love how ideas can come together so easily with just a little bit of help.

I used the hostess set Because I Care.  I think this is one of my favorite sets because I seem to be using it all the time!

Stamp Set:  Because I Care
Card Stock:  Perfect Plum, Certainly Celery & Very Vanilla
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Perfect Plum & Certainly Celery
Big Shot Embossing Folder:  Vintage Wallpaper
Ribbon:  1/8" Taffeta in Certainly Celery

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Happy Birthday to my nephew, Thomas.  He had his b-day yesterday and I needed something he would like.  This is a total case from Julia Rae Brokhoff.  I don't know how she came up with this, but I'm so glad she did!  For those of you who are Stampin' Up! Demonstrators you can view her card here.

Nope, I'm not even going to try and put the recipe down here!  All I'll say is it was a lot of work, but worth it!
Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Final Valentine for 2011

Yesterday my daughter asked me to quickly make a valentine card for her best friend who loves owls.  So I pulled out the owl card I made at a Big Shot club with my upline, Glenda, changed the colors to go with Valentine's Day...and this is what I came up with.

Card Stock:  Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Basic Black & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pad:  Real Red (for sponging)
Big Shot Dies:  Scallop Circle, Scallop Circle #2, Top Note & Birds & Blooms (for eyes and feet)
Punches:  Five Petal Flower (for beak), 1" Circle & 1/2" Circle
5/8" grosgrain ribbon:  Pretty in Pink

Monday, February 14, 2011


Well, my son impressed me...  He needed a Valentine's card for his girlfriend and asked me to help him (how many 17 year olds would do that!).  I'll admit I was being pretty lazy and wanted to copy a card exactly like I posted a couple of days ago.  He saw it and said, "I'm not tying any ribbon!".  So all we did was center the hearts and card stock under them, leave out a few of the smaller hearts, and definitely leave off the ribbon.  I told him where to cut, how to use the Big Shot, where to put the adhesive, etc. and I think he made a pretty nice card.  Of course, I'm a bit of a perfectionist, so I did have to make sure everything was just right...and it actually was. :)

Card Stock:  Early Espresso, Real Red, Pretty in Pink & Whisper White
Punches:  Full Heart, Heart to Heart and Small Heart
Big Shot Embosslit Die:  Scalloped Heart of Hearts
Shimmer Paint:  Champagne Mist

Sunday, February 13, 2011

3X3 Valentines

A few weeks ago my daughter asked me to make Valentines for her daycare kids.  These are the cute 3x3 cards I came up with.  Hope she likes them...I haven't even showed them to her yet! ;)

Card Stock:  Real Red & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Real Read & Basic Black
Punches:  Heart to Heart & Small Heart
Stampin' Pastels & Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Valentine's Day - Take Three

Here is another Valentine card that I came up with that was inspired by Stampin' Celebration Challenge #39.  I really like the color combinations for this week's challenge. The design is from the Stamping 411 Challenge for this past week. 

Card Stock:  Early Espresso, Real Red, Pretty in Pink & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pad:  Real Red
Punches:  Full Heart, Heart to Heart and Small Heart
Big Shot Embosslit Die:  Scalloped Heart of Hearts
Ribbon:  3/8" Taffeta in Whisper White
Shimmer Paint:  Champagne Mist

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Blossom Petals

Tonight we had our monthly Red Hot Stampers meeting, and we also had a card swap using anything from the new Occasions Mini.  I loved all the designs everyone came up with.  It's definitely a great way to get a variety of cards!   These are the cards I made for the swap.


I used sponges to get the colors on the flower petals. 

Card Stock:  Rose Red, Wild Wasabi & Whisper White
Classic Ink Pads:  Rose Red & Daffodil Delight
Big Shot Embossing Folder:  Framed Tulips & Square Lattice
Punches:  Blossom Petals XL, Modern Label & 1/2" Circle
Jewels:  Basic Pearls
Tools:  Sponges & Crimper

Simply Adorned Charm Bracelet

Yesterday it was the necklace, today it's the bracelet.  Too bad I don't wear jewelry because this bracelet is really cute, and so easy to make too.  

Simply Adorned Bracelet
Simply Adorned Charms ~ 5/8"x5/8" & 5/8" daimeter
Stamp Sets ~ Little Flowers & Silhouette Sentiments
Card Stock ~ Whisper White & Pretty in Pink
Classic Ink Pads ~ Regal Rose & Elegant Eggplant
Punch ~ 1/2" Small Circle
Big Shot Embosslit Die ~ Beautiful Wings
Jewels ~ Basic Pearls

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Simply Adorned Charm Necklace

Well, my computer finally decided it liked my pictures on my memory card enough to let me download them and get a post on tonight! :)  When I placed my last order I decided to cave in and buy some of the jewelry Stampin' Up! is selling.  My daughter loves to wear necklaces, so I had her in mind when I bought this.  She's been asking me if I would make some inserts, but I've been putting it off.  Yesterday she said she was wearing black and gray, and asked if I would quickly make her something.  Now I'm wondering why I put it off for so long.  It was so easy to do!  

Simply Adorned Necklace ~ 24"
Simply Adorned Charm ~ 1"x1"
Card Stock ~ Whisper White & Basic Gray
Classic Ink Pad ~ Basic Black
Hostess Stamp Set ~ Silhouette Sentiments
Big Shot Embosslit Die ~ Beautiful Wings
Jewel Accents ~ Basic Pearls

Thursday, February 3, 2011


I was beginning to think I'd never come up with a final card for my workshop, but thanks to Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge 188 I was finally able to figure something out!  So glad these challenges are out there to help me out when I need it. :)  Here is their challenge for the week...

Card Stock:  Marina Mist, Bashful Blue, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi 
& Whisper White
Classic Ink Pads:  Rose Red
Punches:  1 3/8" x 5/8" Oval & Scallop Trim Border
Embossing Folder:  Framed Tulips
Bigz Die:  Daisies Flower #2
Jewel Accents:  Basic Rhinestones
Crimper for leaves

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Valentine Card - Take Two

As I am writing this I'm sitting by my wood stove in the basement and listening to the wind howl outside.  I guess we are getting some blizzard like weather here in Michigan!  Yes, I am definitely thankful for the warmth down here while I work on my cards...which brings me to my second attempt at a Valentine's Day card.  I used the Mojo Monday 176 Sketch Challenge to help me out with this card.  I know...I didn't do square or round.  Instead I tried to make part of it appear square by adding the ribbon on the card.   I've been looking around at a few more blogs for sketch challenges and came across SUO Challenges and decided to enter this in the SUO challenges 11 too because it's all about Valentines this week!

Card Stock:  Pretty in Pink & Whisper White
Classic Ink Pad:  Pretty in Pink
Ribbon:  5/8" grosgrain Pretty in Pink
Texture Plates:  Backgrounds 1
Sizzlets Die:  Birds & Blooms
Punches:  Decorative Label, Modern Label & Small Heart

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Because I Care

These are a couple of cards that I put together because of a mistake I made when running my paper through the Big Shot.  Because I didn't place my paper correctly on the texture plate the design didn't cover the whole paper (unless you click on the picture to make it bigger you might not be able to see the embossing), but because it ended early I was able to stamp on the bottom of it and create two beautiful cards.  I love how mistakes can be salvaged!  

Stamp Sets:  Because I Care & On Your Birthday 
Card Stock:  Perfect Plum, Marina Mist & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Perfect Plum, Marina Mist & Wild Wasabi
Texture Plates:  Backgrounds 1