Saturday, May 28, 2011

Step Card Tutorial

I've got the tutorial for the step card for you here. Here is my first attempt at this style card followed by my latest step card.
1. You will start with a standard size card, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
2. Cut slits the long way 1 1/4" from the sides as shown, leaving 1" at one end and 1 3/4" at the other end. You can change how large you want your side panels by increasing or decreasing the measurement from the side. 3. Turn your cardstock and score at 1", 2", 3 1/2", 5", and 6 3/4"between the 2 cut edges. Then you will fold along the score lines back and forth to make an accordion of sorts as shown.4. Now decorate. Your side panels are 1 1/4" x 4 1/4" and you will need 2 pieces for the center. One piece 3" x 2" for the sentiment and one piece 3" x 4 1/4" for the back center piece.
Hope you have fun with this one.

Simple Saturday #14

Welcome to my Simple Saturday

I have a simple idea for you today. You will need to coordinating punches. For instance with my first card I used an 1 3/4" Circle Punch and the 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch. Punch the smaller of the 2 (my circle punch) and then punch the bigger (2 3/8" scallop circle) around it. You end up with an outline and once you have cut out the same shape as the first punch you used on your actual card, you can place the outline around the shape for decoration on the outside of your card. Next you will stamp on the inside for a peek-a-boo effect. With this card I used the set Upsy Daisy.
For the second card I used the Heart Punch and the Scallop Heart of Hearts Sizzlit. On the inside I stamped the collection of hearts from the set Love You Much and a sentiment from Three Small Words.

I've entered these cards in Less Is More's Recipe Challenge #17 (Pick A Square). Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Plenty O' Flip Flops

I finally got some goodies from the Summer mini and couldn't wait to play with them. Colour Throwdown #143 had a wonderful colour combo to go with the stamps I wanted to use. So Saffron, Old Olive and Pink Pirouette. Plus add your own colours, so I added Daffodil Delight, Certainly Celery and Rose Red. Now I had a dark and light version of every colour to work with.
I absolutely love flip flops, so Sunny Fun was the first stamp set from the mini on my wish list. I stamped the flip flops a few times, coloured them in with my Stampin' Write Markers, cut them all out and popped them up on dimensionals. So I have also entered this in Just Add Ink's challenge #69 for Fussy Cutting. For the back piece I stamped the flip flops over and over again and then popped another set on dimensionals and covered them with Crystal Effects for an added pop!
My sentiment is from On Your Birthday. I seem to be using this set alot more and more. There is a birthday stamp in almost every size and suitable for all ages and gender.
Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a great day. Come back tomorrow for a tutorial on this version of the step card.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Stampin' Royalty #73

We've got a sketch for you this week at Stampin' Royalty this week.
I'm kinda loving this masking technique lately with the First Editions DSP and really wanted to use it again with Pretty In Pink and black. I also still hadn't used my Elizabeth stamp and felt I really needed to ink it up so it was perfect for this sketch. First I embossed the image in black and then coloured it in with my Stampin' Write Marker. I added a few butterflies from the Beautiful Wings Embosslit and topped them off with some Basic Rhinestones.
Hope you get the chance to play along. Stop by Stampin' Royalty for more great inspiration from the DT!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

New Club

New Technique Club Starting

Well it is that time again as I look forward to the start of a new club and getting together with old friends and meeting new ones.

Are you looking for:
* an evening out with girls
* learning new stamping techniques
* making friends
* earning hostess rewards without the party
* and most of all having fun?

Then this is the club for you. Commit to spending $25 a month for 8 months. In return you get to come out to a free evening of stamping and visiting every month where you will learn new techniques, make cards for all occassions and great 3-d projects for gifts. Also you will get to have a month where you will recieve a free hostess level 1 stamp set and $20+ free merchandise of your choice. Hostess benefits are changing/increasing with the new catalogue in July and I will offer them to the first hostess in June. If you wish to further increase these benefits you can host a party and invite your friends to join in the fun at your place or mine!

Club starts June. It's just a week or so away so contact me at to reserve your spot right away. First come first pick for month of benefits. I will choose a day to host the club once everyone has had their input. Options are Sun., Mon., Tues., Wed., or Thurs. evening. I look forward to hearing from you!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Simple Saturday #13

Yes, I know it is Sunday but I wasn't able to get Internet yesterday so I am getting to this today. I love how simple these cards are today. Actual one layer cards. I think I am starting to get the hang of it.

The simple little thing I want to share with you today is outlining your card after you have got your image stamped. For the standard size card I used a ruler and pencil to draw lines that were 7/8" away from the edge on all 4 sides, next I placed my sentiment in the top corner with my Stampin'-Ma-Jig and then went over the pencil with my Stampin' Write Marker.
For the scallop circle card I had a circle stencil from my old circle cutter and chose the size I wanted, again about 7/8" from the edge and went straight at it with my marker.
Love how these pics turned out. Wish I could take this stump home with me! Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Stampin' Celebration # 52

We are celebrating Stampin' Celebration's 1st birthday. I haven't been with them from the start but I sure have enjoyed the ride these past few months. We hope you will come and play along with us this week. The flowers in the photos are so bright and vibrant. I just had to recreate them.
I decided to go with something different and turned my card into a horizontal gate card. I started by using my Daisies Die Cut, cutting 3 of each size, sponging all the edges, curling all the petals up and finally stacking them all up with a button in the middle. I centered the flower on the big stamp from Baroque Motifs.
On the inside I stamped the same image from Baroque Motifs after I first stamped it off once or twice. The sentiment is from On Your Birthday, punched out with the Decorative Label Punch.
Hope you get a chance to play along for Stampin' Celebration's birthday. Be sure to stop and check out the rest of the design team's beautiful work.

I've entered this card into Stampin' Up Only's Challenge #19 for May flowers.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Stampin' Royalty #72

This week the Stampin' Royalty Goddess's are challenging you to a recipe challenge. This week's challenge is...
LET'S FLY AWAY! - To commemorate Spring we're featuring Birds this week.

I thought of Spring colours and nothing seemed to spur me on and then I thought of what happens in Spring and weddings was one of the things that came to my mind.
This little gift bag was a snap to create. Before I put the box together I punched the top edge with the Eyelet Border Punch. Then there was a whole lot of embossing going on. The first layer was done with the Perfect Polka Dots EF. Here is were I slipped in some 1 1/2" Real Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon. Next were 2 hearts using the Heart of Hearts Sizzlit. The birds from the 2 Step-Bird Punch were the last layer. One was embossed with the Elegant Bouquet EF and the other with the Square Lattice EF.
I doubled up their wings with a vellum layer to change it up and gave them eyes using Basic Rhinestones. The sentiment is from the set Teeny Tiny Wishes which I stamped on c/s and then made it to look a bit like a bow.

We hope you will play along with by creating your own project featuring birds. Be sure to head on over to Stampin' Royalty for a look at the work by the other Stampin' Goddesses.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Simple Saturday #12

Welcome to Simple Saturday where I attempt at making a simple card by keeping the layers and embellishments to a minimum. Today I am sharing the masking technique with you again but with a twist this time. I first tried this technique here with this card and loved the effect it had and knew right away that was what I was going to share with you today.I start by punching out a number of the same shape, in this case the 5-Petal Flower Punch. Next, using dotto, place the punches on my dsp in random fashion. In this case I went with a much softer effect and brayered So Saffron ink on So Saffron dsp over the flower punches. Once you have brayered your paper as dark as you would like it, remove the punches and you are left with a lovely design. It's like finding a brand new dsp and it's totally customizable. Hope you like this and get a chance to give it a try. Have a great day!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Less is More

Don't you just love blogger! There was an issue yesterday so I was not able to get this card posted in time, hence I missed the deadline. But this card it so stink' cute I just have to share it with you anyways. I can't take full credit for it though. Browyn Eastley has been making up a whole bunch of these sweet butterfly easel cards. I love 'em and had to make one of my own! I made it in white for Less Is More's challenge of "White On White". I cut out the butterfly with my big shot and then covered it up with buttons from the Sweet Buttons Sizzlit. Ain't it sweet??? Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Stampin' Royalty #71

Mother's Day was this last week but in all honesty we should celebrate our mothers daily. And so our theme for this week at Stampin' Royalty is still MOTHERS!

Here is the gift set I made for my MIL. She loves purple flowers. If she goes somewhere with a camera and sees purple flowers, guaranteed that the majority of her pics will be of the flowers.
I actually started with the bookmark. The stampset is Just Believe. I used the colours Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant and Rich Razzleberry. The others things I used are Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware and Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon and 3/8" Rich Razzleberry Taffeta Ribbon. Next I made the box, cutting down the Petal Cone Die. Stamped it with the same image as the bookmark and topped the box with Fun Flowers that I ran through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder. The top flower is from the Boho Blossoms Punch. All the edges of the flowers were sponged. For the card I started off with a monochromatic look plus roughed up edges. I used the same flower as the box and added Rich Razzleberry Satin Ribbon and a little sentiment from Messages For Mom. Come along and join us as we continue to celebrate our mothers! Make sure you check out the rest of the work from the Design Team.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Colour Q & Stampin' 411

Finally back at it. It has been a few days seen I have seen my craft room. So much to do and never enough time. I was inspired today by Colour Q's challenge #84 and Stampin' 411's sketch #202. I've used alot of Daffodil Delight and Old Olive lately but it was refreshing to pull out a colour like Not Quite Navy. I had to substitute Very Vanilla for Whisper White. I hate it when I run out of a colour like white. How do I let that happen???I had fun with the masking technique today. I punched out a bunch of circles and put them on my dsp with dotto and then brayered over them. Love the effect. I'll be trying this again soon with some other shapes.
Then there are these fun flowers. I can't seem to ever put a flower on a page without layering it and this Floral Fusion Sizzlit sure did the trick. I sponged the tips and sponged a little Old Olive in the middle of the flowers and placed a few Basic Pearls in the middle. Once I had all the flowers placed I added some Crystal Effects to the top layer.

When I was ready to put the layers together I decided I needed to add a little something to the bottom layer. So...I embossed 2 corners using the Elegant Bouquet Folder and then sponged them to bring out the impression.
Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a splendid week!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day To You All!

Mother Prayer

Dear Lord,
today we pray for mothers--
our own mothers, and mothers everywhere,
who have made such a major contribution
to the good qualities we have,
sometimes through genetics,
more often through great effort and patient instruction,
and who have done their best
to gently polish away our rough edges.
Lord, please bless our mothers
for the endless hours of time they spent
and the boundless energy they invested in us.
Bless our mothers for their sacrifices on our behalf
as they often gave up or deferred their own dreams
so that we could have ours.
Bless our mothers for always being there for us,
for being the person we know we can turn to
when we need comfort, encouragement, or just a hug.
Bless our mothers for making a home for us
where we could feel safe, where we felt we belonged.
Most of all, Lord,
bless our mothers for their unconditional love,
for loving us no matter what,
and for frequently showing love
in ways that make us feel valued and cherished.
Lord, please bless our mothers mightily.
Strengthen them, soothe them,
wrap them in Your infinite love
and shower them with blessings
too numerous to count, too magnificent to describe.
We love them, admire them, respect them,
and we wish that You would give them back
many times the good they gave to us.
In Jesus' name we pray; Amen.

By Joanna Fuchs

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Simple Saturday #11

Welcome to Simple Saturday. Today I actually have a one layer card for you. Imagine that. And I actually managed to do it with not a single embellishment.
I created this card by embossing the flowers in white on whisper white cardstock. Next I started sponging the flowers, starting with the lightest colour first. I use daffodil delight, rich razzleberry, elegant eggplant, pear pizazz, and old olive. The sentiment is from on your birthday. One extra simple touch that I find always steps up my card a little is rounding a corner or 2. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day! Hope you get some stamping time in!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Stampin' Celebration #50

We are having a party at Stampin' Celebration this week. Check out these inspiration photos.
I pulled out the colours blue, red and yellow. I decided to try and make a party hat using the Petal Cone Die. Love how it turned out especially with that fun ribbon plume at the top which is actually the same ribbon that is gathered at the bottom. The bird image and sentiment are from Pun Fun. I had so much fun with this that I decided to keep going and made a card to match. I tried to replicate the bird image using punches. The body is from the Owl Punch and the wings are from the Two-Step Bird Punch. I've entered this in the Paper Players Challenge #45 this week. They are having a Spring theme including birds.

Check out the work from the rest of the Design Team. Hope you find some inspiration and play along.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Stampin' Royalty #70

It's time for a colour challenge from Stampin' Royalty. It's a bold colour combo and once again it contains red which I have a hard time incorporating unless it is with a neutral so I tried to focus on the red and started with the ladybug. The rest came together after that. I just wish my clouds were a little darker and more visible. I tend to forget how much softer the ink dries on coordinating cardstock. I've entered this card in Stampin' 411's challenge #201.

Hope you get a chance to join us this week. Be sure to check out the rest of the DT's creations!