Thursday, August 17, 2017

Quick Hostess, Birthday or Thank You Gift

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  The school buses are back on the road, the university campus is abuzz with students and my commute time just increased to 45 minutes.  When my children were school age I always viewed this time of year as a blessing.  Not so much anymore!

 On to sharing a quick hostess, birthday or thank you gift that anyone will love, especially those who still love to handwrite letters or notes.  I really admire those who have not forsaken this art.  

I love the look of these note cards.  They are clean and interesting.  The coordinating envelopes add a nice touch.  The acetate card box neatly displays and safely stores the handmade gift.

Add a pretty colored ribbon and a decoration.  The gift is ready to go!

Best yet, all of this took less than an hour to cut, emboss, glue and wrap!

The cards are 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". The set includes 5 cards and envelopes.

Supplies used: Whisper White thick cardstock, Ruffled Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Acetate Card Box, Envelope Punch Board, Fancy Frost Specialty DSP, Emerald Envy Crinkled Seam Binding, Mini Tassels and gold thread

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

One Design; Different Looks; All Occassions

 Happy Tuesday everyone!  Lazy days of summer will soon be behind us. Do you think this summer is going by  more quickly than others?  I sure do!  It's mid August already and my first workshop is quickly moving to the top of my priority list.    

The demonstrator magazine Stampin' Success,  was my inspiration for the  cards I am sharing today.  These were fun to make and I will be adding them to my workshop.  The finished cards are 4" x 4".  
The first card is minimalist with just a few rhinestones and sequin trim to add a little sparkle.  The color combo is Lemon Lime Twist, Basic Black and Whisper White.  My go to summer colors!  The sentiment (Flourishing Phrases 141534) was punched out (Pretty Label 143715) and I matted the sentiment with Basic Black to make it pop!  

 I added a matching envelope (Envelope Punch Board 133774) to compliment the card made from Fresh Florals DSP. Don't you just love the idea of creating a matching envelope.  It adds a nice customized touch you rarely find with store bought cards.  

The second card is very similar except I stamped a subtle background on the Powder Pink mat with a flower stamp (Paint Play 143995)  and Powder Pink ink.   I changed the sentiment (Butterfly Basics) and did not use rhinestones.  


The third card is a little different and uses additional supplies.  Instead of stamping a background I embossed a background with Layered Leaves (143704).  I love how the leaves match so well with the Fresh Florals DSP.  I used the new Starburst punch and a different sentiment (Special Celebrations 143885), inked the edges of the circle with Tranquil Tide and mounted the circle on matching ribbon and dimensionals. 

How many different ways can you change this card to make it your own? 

Have a great week and do something creative today!


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Paper Pumpkin 50% Off!

Do you like handmade cards and projects but never thought you could create them? Are you someone who is not ready to turn stamping into a full-time hobby, but would love a simple, fun creative experience? Paper Pumpkin kits are for you.    

Paper Pumpkin has an amazing introductory rate during its Fall into Savings promotion. If you subscribe from August 11–September 10, September’s (gorgeous!) Paper Pumpkin kit will be delivered straight your door, complete with everything you need to make adorable, shareable projects—all for 50% off! 

New subscribers this is an awesome opportunity to see just how easy paper crafting can be.  

I will be holding a special workshop for September Paper Pumpkin subscribers. Bring your kit and we will do something creative that day!

Visit Paper Pumpkin today!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Upcoming Working Shop

   Good morning everyone!   This week has been crazy busy.  I have my first workshop coming up on August 23 and I have been planning and creating projects for this event.  I have four novice crafters coming and I want to show them easy cards they can make and how they can kick it up a notch if they choose.   

Last week's Freshly Made Sketches design seemed perfect to provide examples for my workshop guests.  You can check out the design and designer cards HERE.

As you can see I followed the Freshly Made Sketch design as it was presented.  The card is 4 1/4" by 5 1/2"on Stampin' UP! Basic Black cardstock.  The Whisper White mat is 4 1/8" by 5 3/8".  Next I used my favorite 2017-2019 In Color Collection cardstock, Lemon Lime Twist.  I just love how this color pops with black and white.  The strips are 3/4" by 3 1/2".  The Basic Black strips are 3/4" by 1 1/4" and are embellished with glossy accents.  The Cheers sentiment is from My Favorite Things and is also embellished with glossy accents.  

 The second card is "kicked up a notch" with Stampin' UP!'s Pinewood Planks embossing folder and the wish sentiment from their Cupcake Cutouts Framelits. I placed the strips further apart to show how a slight adjustment changes the appearance of the card.

The third card's background is embossed with Stampin' UP's Seaside embossing folder for a summery look.

Hope you enjoyed today's cards.  Stop back soon for more cards I will be teaching in my first workshop.  

Do something creative today!


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Table Top Photo Studio

  Look what I found waiting for me when I arrived home!  A new tool to improve my blog posts, a Table Top Photo Studio from Limo Studio.  I bought this at Amazon. The product ratings were great and the cost was reasonable.  Don't you just love  all the colored backgrounds; white, black, blue and red (pictured below).  The  studio also comes with two LED table top lights and a tripod for my cell phone.  
I am not a great photographer and my photos on the blog demonstrate my lack of skill.  I am hoping the Table Top Photo Studio will fix my lighting problems.  I am not expecting perfection, just better quality.  

My husband Andy, who is a good photographer, enjoyed playing with MY new photo studio tonight. I think he is as excited as I am.  

I can't wait to try it out!  Make sure you visit again soon to see if my photos improve. Constructive criticism is always welcome in the comment section below.

Do something creative today!


Saturday, August 5, 2017

All Occasion Card

Happy Saturday fellow crafters!

Today I want to share a card I made for my sister.  I sent her the Reverse Words stamp set as a thank you gift and I wanted to share an idea of how she might use the stamps.  

The base card (4 ¼ “x 5 ½“) is made from Soft Sky card stock.  For the next layer I used Foil Frenzy (4 ⅛” x 5⅜”).  I cut a ½” strip of Soft Sky card stock and placed diagonally across the Foil Frenzy layer. Inked all the edges with Soft Sky and ran a thin line of Wink of Stella around all the edges.

 The next step got a bit more creative. I stamped hooray 3-4 times (using MISTI to ensure exact placement each time I stamped) on Soft Sky card stock with Soft Sky ink.  When I did this, I accidentally got too much ink on the edge of the rubber stamp and you know what happened.  I got the outline of the stamp on my paper. 

However, that gave me an idea! Utilize the left over rubber to trace my stamped image.  I traced and then fussy cut. 

Next I traced the same image on the Foil Frenzy paper, fussy cut it out to add as a 2nd layer behind the Soft Sky sentiment. 

I added silver mini sequins to the back of the sentiment and dimensionals to pop the sentiment off the card. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Do something creative today!