Friday, May 30, 2008

Groovy Thanks

So the other night, i told my husband (who was surfing the web on the computer in my stamping room) that i could, and would, make a card in 5 minutes. I asked him to time me, then i got to work.

I used an idea i got from this post by one of my favorite bloggers, Stampin' Mama. I don't have the sets she used, but i liked the beautiful simplicity of her design. I must admit that it was kinda fun to make a card without ANY embellishment - not a brad, piece of ribbon, or other nit-picky detail in sight. Just cutting, stamping, and sticking, and only a few colors. Well, that and my new corner rounder which i just couldn't resist breaking in!

I will be honest and say that i don't totally LOVE the result. I do like how clean it looks, and i love the idea of having a finished card in a short time, but if i made this one again i would add...i don't know, but i would add SOMEthing.

Anyway, i stuck down the last layer, jumped up, and yelled "DONE" only to be greeted by a blank stare from the hubbard. I said, "well, did i do it?? did i make it in 5 minutes???!!" to which he replied, "oh, sorry hon, i didn't look at the clock".

Guess next time i'll set a timer.

All supplies from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.
Stamp sets: Heartfelt Thanks
Cardstock: Groovy Guava, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Ink Pads: Groovy Guava, Chocolate Chip
Tools: Corner Rounder
Adhesive: Tape runner

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Sweet Scallops

So as you probably already know, i'm a teacher by day (stamper by night). At the end of the year, some very thoughtful parents often give me a little something to say thanks for working with their child. So i decided i'd make up some thank you cards to have on hand. Since i get bored easily when reproducing one design, i made them in "reverse" colors.

Here's what i ended up with. These are in a great size - you can get 3 card bases out of one sheet of cardstock, and they fit in a regular 3 5/8 x 6 1/2 size envelope. Please excuse my use of one retired stamp set...So Many Scallops was one i got FREE during this year's Sale-a-Bration. It's a great set because it makes it so easy to whip up cute cards. I made a pile of these in under an hour (once i had the basic design figured out).

All supplies from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.
Stamp sets: Time Well Spent, So Many Scallops (SAB 2008), Enjoy Every Moment
Cardstock: Mellow Moss, Regal Rose, Whisper White
Ink Pads: Mellow Moss, Regal Rose, Barely Banana
Tools: Scallop Circle punch
Adhesives: Tape runner, Dimensionals

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Happy Birthday, Benjamin!

Today is my nephew Benjamin's birthday. I can't believe he's 9 years old already! Time sure flies, doesn't it?

So, the other day i sent out a box of goodies. (I have made it my little tradition to give a little something to the siblings of the birthday kid, so the goodies include presents for Benjamin plus small somethings for Bethany and Josiah, too.) Here's the card i sent him in the box. Please excuse my use of two retired stamp sets! :)

All supplies from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.

Stamp sets: Stars and Swirls (retired), Birthday Whimsy (SAB 2008)
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Whisper White, So Saffron, Certainly Celery
Ink Pads: Not Quite Navy, So Saffron, Certainly Celery
Tools: 1/16" punch, Small Oval punch, Large Oval punch, Ticket Corner punch, sponges
Adhesives: Tape runner, Dimensionals
Other: Silver Brads

Friday, May 16, 2008

One of a Kind

First let me start off by saying that this card is NOT my own design. It was tweaked a bit, yes, but mostly cased from another blogger or two. The problem is that there are so many wonderful stamping bloggers out there, most of whose blogs i subscribe to in Google Reader (love that Reader, btw), that i honestly have NO idea where i saw this card. So, whoever you are, i apologize for not giving you proper credit, but thank you for the cute card idea!

So this was one of the cards we made at my last club workshop, at Becky's house (the other card was the wheelbarrow Mother's Day card that i posted a few days ago). We were missing a lot of club members that night, but we had a great time anyway! If you are interested in joining my next club, go to my Stampin' Up! website (the link is on the left sidebar) for more information!

All supplies from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.

Stamp sets: Tart & Tangy, One of a Kind
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Close to Cocoa, Real Red, Old Olive
DSP: Summer Picnic
Ink Pads: Close to Cocoa, Real Red, Old Olive
Markers: Close to Cocoa
Tools: Scallop Circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1" punch
Adhesives: Tape runner, dimensionals
Other: White gel pen, white 3/8" grosgrain ribbon

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

New Poll!

Scroll down the left side of my blog to participate in my new poll. This time it's about the 2007 In Colors, which I for one will be sad to see go in a few short months.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Happy Momma's Day!

Well, here i am, late to the party as usual. I guess it's only fitting that i'm posting this card two days after Mother's Day, since i haven't...umm...well, see, i haven't actually sent my mom her card yet. I know, terrible.

But fortunately i don't think she reads my blog, at least not regularly, so she will still (i hope) see this card in person rather than here. Which means that i did make her card! In fact, sorry to say, Mom, i made several of your card this year, so i could sell some at the coffee shop and also use it for a club workshop i had last week.

Boy, now i'm really hoping my mom doesn't read my blog! Since now i've said that her card isn't so unique! However, there is a new mommie-to-be i'd like to wish a special Happy (belated) Mother's Day to: my friend-in-the-computer, Char. Consider this your Mother's Day card, too, Char! :)

I tried my hand at a new-to-me technique (which everyone and their mother has already done just ages ago, but like i said, i'm late to the party) called paper piecing. Of course, me being the cutting-hater that i am, i only did it with an image that has nice clean lines and no inverted corners or jaggedy lines. (Unlike the card Claire made us do last week at Diva Night which i also need to post up here. I have actually been doing a lot of stamping lately, just not very much posting.)

I also did more coloring on this card than i usually do...i'm not generally a fan of the coloring, i must say. But i didn't mind it so much on this one. Flower petals are pretty quick to do; just a quick swipe with the brush tip of my Stampin' Up! marker and there ya go.

One more thing...i'm proud to say that although i usually CASE things quite shamelessly, this one is actually my own design. And i used a different color combo (for me), mostly because i really wanted to use Pumpkin Pie but i already had the Pretty in Pink cardstock cut. Boy, i was just breaking out of my molds all over the place with this one, eh??

ANYway, here's the card. Happy belated Mother's Day to all the moms!

Stamp Set: Blooming with Love (thank you, Kristin!)
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Pumpkin Pie, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
DSP: Summer Picnic
Ink Pads: Basic Gray, Pumpkin Pie
Markers: Creamy Caramel, Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery, Pale Plum, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie
Tools: Blender Pen, Bone Folder, Ticket Corner Punch, 1/16" hole punch, Paper Snips
Adhesives: Tape runner, Stampin' Dimensionals
Other: 3/8" Bashful Blue grosgrain ribbon