Thursday, September 29, 2011

"Warmest of Wishes"

I have been crazy busy this week!  On Saturday we're going to have a much needed yard sale, and I mentioned to a friend that I am going to be getting rid of some of my old stamps, and whatever other little goodies I just don't have room for, and she suggested that I also sell some cards.  I didn't think much of it until the last couple of days and I thought, well, what the heck, what can it hurt to see if anyone wants to buy anything I have made.  So...long story short.  I have decided that I would also make a few extra goodies to sell and see what happens. 

Here is one of the goodies I am working on.  I have seen these several places, and all of the tutorials I have seen were really good, but I had to say that my favorite came from The stamp doc.  I googled ideas and found her on You tube, and of course had to follow her to her blog.  Amazing!!

Now for the inside...
I included a really cute poem that I found while looking around titled, "All I Need to Know About Life I learned From Shopping."  I don't know who the author is, but I loved it, and thought it would go well on the inside cover.  My favorite line on the poem, "There's no such thing as compulsive shopping, just enthusiastic shopping."

I'd love to know what you think, and if you have any ideas how much to sell them for, I'd sure like some ideas.  Thanks ladies!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tonight I am going out for a much needed girls night out!  Woohoo!!  We are going out to celebrate a friends b'day, so I wanted to do something special for her, but I just couldn't think what to do.  Then the other day I was at her house, and her dad (who was visiting) gave her a card he had picked up for her to give to someone else.  I then had the thought that blank cards are probably a great gift to give.  Now, how to package such cards.  Hm...

So, I went through my favorites bar (I have tons and tons stored on my computer, so it took some time), and I came across one I had saved.  It was perfect!  Here's the picture.

Super cute ha?!  I loved the idea the second I saw it and I knew it would work wonderfully to hold cards.  Now, where did I find this lovely box to case?  I'll share all of those details at the end of this post. 

Now, for the cards that are on the inside...

First I needed a couple of b'day cards, (cased, I'll share that at the end too), and envelopes.  (My upline told me that you never, ever give a naked envelope, so I added a simple image.)
Next, a just because card.  Who doesn't need a simple, just thinking of you card? 
Aother simple just cause card.

I have a Halloween card in there too, but for some reason it won't load, but I'm sure it's posted somewhere on here.  Anyway, I think this gift turned out better that I had hoped it would.  Now to put some finishing touches on it, (like a designer pen), and it's ready to go. 

Now for the links.  The box template and tutorial you can find here.  (Sarah's
The beautiful butterfly card I saw here.  (Your fellow stamper).

Thanks ladies as always for stopping by!  I love reading your comments, thanks!!!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

"Ain't it good to know, You've got a friend"

I am so excited about this card. A couple of posts back I asked what challenges you ladies liked to do and I got several really good places to go. One of the blogs I was referred to is . I found the challenge for this card there, and here's what I came up with.

I wish that the detail of this card would show in the picture.  I'm so loving this card, but the picture is just NOT doing it justice.  I used Calypso, Baja Breeze, and Daffodil delight.  I tryed a few techniques in this card, the kissing technique for the smaller flowers in the corners, I added dazzling diamonds on the sides of the circle flowers, and the "just for you", and the inside of my big flowers.  I put bling on the 5 petals of each card, and then stepped back and looked at it for awhile.  I popped the big flowers out with stampin dimmensionals,  added the ribbon and whalla, it was done.  I really do love this card, I just need to figure out how to take a picture that shows all the bling!  Thanks ladies for stopping by and for the great blogs you all recommended.  I am excited about this card as it's my very FIRST card made just for a challenge.  As always, I'd love to know what you think, and stop by and join the challenge!  I'd love to see what you all come up with.

Friday, September 16, 2011

This is the first sympathy card I have done for a dear friend and her family who tragically lost their mother in a car accident. You can't really make out the details in this card, but, what I did was used an embossing folder and embossed both the white card stock and the translucent sheet and then added shimmer spray to give it some sparkle and then attached it with chocolate chip ribbon onto chocolate chip paper. Very simple, but I wanted something to give them to show my love and saddness for their loss. It's a very simple sympathy card.

Here's the inside of the card,

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Not so seriously

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, this stamp set. I had to have it the moment that I saw it. I've made a couple of cards with it since I bought it, but I really like how this one turned out.

What do you think? Also, I'm curious what challenges you ladies like to sign up for? I am looking for some websites that I might participate in. Thanks ladies!!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

House of Haunts-Soot technique

Last night was suppose to be my technique club night, but I don't think things could of gone worse!  I worked all day on getting everything together, and made sure I fed my family dinner by 5 so that I could have everything cleaned up and ready to go by 7.  Everything was going smoothly and then I hear thunder and lightning.  No, not just hear it, it shook our windows.  Next thing I know theres a loud BOOM, and our power is gone.  It's getting dark outside, but maybe I'll be able to pull this together, after all the technique calls for candles.  Anyway, long story short, I had just one friend show up, (I can't blame the other gals, I'm not sure I would of braved the drive over with the potential of a nasty storm,) so we decided we would go see the HELP instead.  (Good movie, but left me feeling kinda sad).  So, I'm posting the cards we would of done and the technique.  I guess on the upside I've got next month covered.  (You demonstrators know how much work this can be.) 

So here are the two technique cards side by side so that you can see the difference.  The one on the left is the Traditional soot stampin technique, and the one the right is Reverse soot stampin. 

On this traditional soot stampin card, I tryed for the first time ever, this ribbon technique that turned out to be so simple, I can kick myself for not trying it sooner.  I also tore the edges of a white CS and wiped the edges with Soft Suede to give it the burnt paper look.  I added some brads to the bottom and a Happy Halloween burnt look inside and there's the card.

This one is the Reverse soot stampin technique card.  On this one I added Old Olive paper that I had first crumpled up and then sponged with soft suede, and then I versa marked the Rich Razzleberry with the dots stamp just to give it a little something, added the pumpkin pie ribbon and walla. 

All of these techniques were so easy!  I loved doing them.  As always, I'd love to know what you think.

Now for the fun part, I have joined in this Halloween blog hop by submitting these two cards. The winner will get $25 worth of SU stuff, so join the fun!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Pennant Parade

Here's another b'day card I made.  I got the idea from a swap that I received but tweeked it some.  There was no name on my swap however.  I am really liking this stamp set and the matching punch!  I love how SU takes all of the work outta my project thinking. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Beautiful Wings

There are several birthday's this month, so I have been busy making cards.  This one I did for my Sister in law who's B'day is today.  I've been wanting to use the Beautiful Wings die cuts since I bought them a couple months ago, but nothing came to mind until last night.  I'm still not sure it's exactly what I had in mind, but I think it turned out well. 
 The butterfly is stamped with En Francais stamp in chocolate chip, and then layered with a translucent sheet, that I sprayed with smooch spritz.  I added the bling to it cause it just needed something.
And then obviously, B is for birthday!  As always, I'd love to know what you think!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Wicked Cool

Here is the other card I do for my card swap gals.  Since we only meet every other month, I had to do a Halloween card.  I got this idea from someone at Convention, from their swap, but there was no name on the card.  I love how mine turned out though.  Maybe this will be the first year I give out Halloween Cards.

I was taking pictures of the card, and she said, "Here mommy, I'll hold it so you can get me in the picture too."  She was too cute!!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch

Wow, how the time flys.  It's been so busy around here.  The kids have finally gone back to school, and the littlest one is now doing preschool twice a week for 2 hours, so I am hoping the creative juices start flowing.  Right now I am battling an ear infection and the junk that comes with just being sick, but I wanted to post something to my blog.

Last night I met again with a great group of gals and did our every other month card swap.  So here's the card that I did using the Blossom Bouquet Triple layer punch.

and of course I had to try it with another color...

Now I have to give credit to Laurie Zoellmer for the card idea.  I swapped with her at convention, and loved her card.  Here's her card.

As always, thanks for stopping by and I always love comments.