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Friday, April 30, 2010

Here's To This Year's Grads

My nephew and his girlfriend are graduating from Trinity Western University tomorrow and my sister-in-law is in town and needed a few cards for them. Can't say I have ever made a grad card yet. So I went to splitcoast to get some ideas. Here is what I came up with. The first is my favourite.For the shirt I layered two pieces of white cardstock about a 1/4" and then folded the corners over. The tie is just a plain old knot with one end cut off. I love the crisp, clean look of these cards. The diploma is simply a piece of white cardstock rolled up. Kind of a neat and easy idea!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

LOVE IT!

Well it didn't take as long as I thought it would. I have to tell you I love the new Smooch Spritz! I know I said it would take some work but I think maybe I just started with the hardest colour to work with. I used the Vanilla Spritz on these roses and their stems and it looks like they've been kissed by the morning dew. Absolutely beautiful. They have this awesome shimmer to them and I LOVE IT!

This is my entry for Stampin' Royalty #17 Punch Art. The flower is made using the Extra Large Fancy Flower. The Smooch Spritzers will be available in 2 short days! Contact me to put in your order. If you need a copy of the new Summer Mini let me know and I'll get it out to you asap!

The sentiment is from the stamp set Tiny Tags which you can still order from the Occasions Mini till the end of April. (only 2 days left!)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Have You Got All You Want?

Only 3 more days to order from the Occasions Mini. There are so many great things to get from the Mini. Did you get everything on your list? If not, you'd better hurry. Contact me (hands76@hotmail.com) before April 30th 8:00pm to place an order.



Here are a few of my favourites from the Mini. Well Scripted - a great go to stamp set for sentiments. Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder - the perfect touch to just about any card.

Well Scripted 117072 (w) 118601 (c)

Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder 117335

A Little Bit of Magic

Here is a great and simple Saturday Sketch Challenge 148 by Stamping 411.


This new set, A Little Bit of Magic, from the Summer Mini (soon available to you) is perfect for warercolouring, using your blender pens or aqua painter. I just love how the image turned out.

However, I'm not quite pleased with the effect of the new Smooch Spritz. I definitely spritzed too close. That one will require a little bit of testing but I'm sure I will love it soon enough. I used the Smooch Spritz called Log Cabin. There are 3 other colours that I will be experimenting with.

A bone folder will do the trick to curl your paper and give it the ribbon look.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Blissful Bride

Oh this just makes me want to get into my wedding dress and head down that isle again. Of course to the same man. I still love my wedding dress and just wish I could fit into it again. This stamp set brings a lot of good memories to mind.

I don't even have anyone to give this card to but I just loved making it. The stamp set is called Blissful Bride and it is a sneak peak at the Summer Mini which is available May 1st! This simple stamp is so beautiful. I used Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #66 for the layout.

I added a thing line of sparkles to the edge of each layer of white. I ran my 2 way glue pen along the edge of the white cardstock (before adhering it to the black cardstock) and then sprinkled it with the orchid fine cosmo. I also did a little outlining on the dress. Adds just a little sparkle. I wanted to add a sentiment from this set but I really didn't want to screw it up.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Man Cards As Promised

Wow! My man is hard to please. My mom requested some birthday cards for some men we know that are having birthdays coming up. So I went on a mission to make a pile of man cards that would please a man. Harder than I thought! As I said, my man is harder to please than I thought. He took it personally when I asked his opinion and so I got the honest truth from him. This is how I started out. I really like these first 3 but he said the bling and the ribbon had to go. What? I thought this was a pretty manly brad but my mistake. I understand the ribbon though. So I tried again. The string is fine now but he now said the bird was something he would only give to his dad. Well now at least I have a card for an older man. lol.


So I went over the top simple. Nice he said. I am not sure. Are his comments improving any??? Anyways, I like the paper on this one. This textured dsp called To The Ninies Specialty is thick enough that you don't need any other cardstock to back it up. I love how you get a beautiful print on the inside as well! Well, then I found this great card on Carrie Gaskin's blog. She originally made it for a wine topper but I made a few minor changes and can you believe it? I actually got a great big smile on my man's face. Yeah! Success.

So I had to try one last time and got another smile from my husband, but we both agreed that this would make a better card for a little man's birthday.


Now that that is done I'm exhausted. Please let me know what you think! Which one do you like? And any suggestions for next time?

Friday, April 23, 2010

Still Keeping It Simple!

Yet another KISS card. This one is for Pals Paper Arts Challenge #39. Again if you know me I am not a red person, however the design of this card screamed out for me to use red and I actually like it. It kind of reminded me of the poppys I get in my backyard in Summer.


Flowers Awash (w) 117062 (c) 120549
Red Satin Ribbon 117286
Well Scripted (w) 117072 (c) 118601

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Sneak Peek at The Summer Mini


Fairies! The girls in this house LOVE fairies. I am so excited about this set. It is called A Little Bit of Magic! It is so very sweet. There is even a little stamp of fairy dust. How very cute. I have been working on manly cards lately and needed a "pink" break.

I also used a new punch from the Summer Mini. It comes in a pack of three called Itty Bitty Shapes. You can barely see it though in the photo. It is a little scallop flower and it coordinates with clear buttons and a new stamp set.


This was just what I needed. Now I will have to go back and finish off those cards that require my undivided attention.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Taking On Bella Bleu

When I saw this paper for the first time in the catalogue I passed right over it. I've been doing that for almost a year now. But lately I've seen alot of beautiful cards with this paper that I decided I had better give it a chance. Well...LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! And it is perfect for making a bit of a vintage card. The Soft Suede works well with the Kraft paper but I am looking forward to having a Kraft ink pad!



I used Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #65. Another great sketch and a beautiful card for inspiration. I actually meant to use En Francais for the background and Medallion for the next layer, but in my frustration (due to things going on in my day) which I was taking out on my card, I some how switched them. Still like how it turned out though.



Bella Bleu Dsp 113974

Medallion 115223

En Francais 109521

Vintage Vogue 117690 (w) 118598 (c)

Butterfly Box

We had a hoot last night at club! I really look forward to club nights. We have so much fun and I just love the friendships I have made with these ladies.


So we made the spotlight card but we also made a 3-D project. Here is the original box that I received with a gift inside that was bought from our local jewellery store. Pretty box but I thought I could redo it with my own spin on it.

Besides I love butterflies and this new stamp set, Flowers Awash, is so easy to use and has such a pretty effect. But you have to get the stamp set now or you'll have to wait till July when it comes out in the new 2010/2011 Idea Book & Catalogue.









Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die Cut 114507
Flowers Awash 117062 (w) 120549 (c)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

"Simply Manly"

I have another "KISS" card for you today. This is Stampin' Royalty's #15 challenge this week. My mom ordered some cards for men this week. So I sat down to tackle this great feat! I realized I don't have much for manly stamps. (something I plan to rectify) Anyways, no matter what I made my husband kept telling me it was too pretty. Absolutely no ribbons he said! No need for buttons! Get rid of all that crap were his words. So this is one card I got out of the whole ordeal. I will keep working on it and share with you some more when he is pleased with the results! (this is one of those occasions that I'm not sure I should have asked for his opinion! lol)

Now for the cool thing that came from all of this! This is the new embossing folder which will be for sale starting May 1st. Can you spot the difference between these 2 cards? I didn't until I was ready to glue down all the parts. Check out a close up of the 2 cards.

You can use either side of the paper after you have run it through the big shot. Each side of the paper has a different texture! And they both look neat. How cool! It's like getting 2 for 1!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Bye Bye To All That Purple

I'm gonna miss all those shades of purple. Pale Plum is one of my favourites and soon to be discontinued. Cottage Wall DSP uses Pale Plum and so I thought I'd show it off a little once again.



I love this sketch from PPA38. There is something about cards that have 3 spotlights that I like. Maybe it's just because it's my favourite number, I don't know. Anyways I find that the cards with 3 "things" always seem striking to me. Check out the gorgeous samples from the ppa team here.
Want this stamp set for free? Host a workshop with sales of $460 and it's yours for free! Flowers Awash is a sneek peak set from the 2010/2011 Idea Book & Catalogue. Contact me to book a workshop so we can make it happen. Don't want to have a workshop? You can still buy it now for $52.95 (wood) or $36.95 (clear). See my post here for a picture of the full set.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Careful! Those roses are messy.

I love these roses. They seem to be the latest in the paper crafting world. I first came upon them when my SU coach sent me to Sage Kimble's blog. Check out her roses in vintage style. Just beautiful! Her blog then sent me to Simi Stamper where she had a tutorial on them.



I will admit these are most definitely not my first try. My fingers got so full of glue, my roses were stuck to my fingers instead of my card. Anyways, after a few tries I was satisfied and then discovered I liked my roses on dsp instead of just plain cardstock. Let me know what you think!

Kaliedescope DSP 115680
Top Note Die Cut 113463
Little Leaves Sizzlit Die 114511

My KISS Card

Keep it simple, sweetie. This is my "kiss" card for Stampin Royalty #15. I find it so hard to not keep adding. I always feel it would look better if I just added this or maybe that. This time I was satisfied with my card. Can you believe it? I didn't even want to add a ribbon to it!




Baroque Motifs 113490
Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder 115964

Monday, April 12, 2010

Need To Get Out?

*Would you like a fun monthly "Girl's Night Out"?
*Would you like to earn a FREE STAMP SET and at a FREE SHOPPING SPREE in the Stampin' Up! Catalogue?
*Would you like to learn WOW Techniques that will impress your friends?
*Would you like to receive free stamps & merchandise without hosting a workshop?
*Got a long wishlist, but can't get it all at once?...

Then my Monthly Technique Stamp Club is just what you need!
*Club members receive a FREE copy of the most recent Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalogue.
*Club members receive FREE Hostess benefits for one of the 8 months the club runs. (Hostess benefits include a FREE Level 1 Hostess set and a minimum of $20 in FREE catalogue merchandise of your choice!)
*During the month you are the designated "Hostess", you may choose to collect and submit additional orders from friends and family to boost your sales total and increase your hostess benefits. That means more fun and more FREE product for you.
*We meet monthly (Third Sunday of every month @ 7pm) at my house where you will get to make 2-3 FREE projects that night. Your monthly order commitment is a minimum of $25+ in catalogue product for an 8 month period.

You are more than welcome to bring guests along with you to our club nights. I just ask that you RSVP their spot before hand so that I can have the appropriate amount of materials prepared. Drop in fee's are $10.00 a person or your guest can choose to place a $25+ catalogue order which makes their drop in FREE. Contact me if you want to reserve an additional workshop date during your club hostess month in order to increase your benefits (more free stuff)! I have all club orders shipped to my house for proper sorting and distribution. Orders can be picked up when they arrive or you can choose to pick it up at the following month's meeting.

Here is one of the things we will be learning at our next club night. Slider cards (that middle piece slides from from one side to the other to focus on a different scene)! And a few ways to use your Stampin' Chalks.

Call 604 946-4994 or email hands76@hotmail.com