Monday, February 28, 2011

Birthday Pennants Card

Doesn't this array of bright pennants make you smile?!  The combination happens to be all ten colors from Stampin' Up's Brights color collection!  They were made quite easily using the points from the XL star punch - SIMPLE, SIMPLE, SIMPLE!!!  The sentiments are from the Bring on the Cake set in the Occasions mini catalog, and the letters were colored in using the perfectly coordinated brights color collection of Stampin' Write markers!  YES, Stampin' Up! makes it to easy to match resources! 

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Vintage Bliss Card

This is one of the cards that we did today at our Sale-a-Bration workshop.  It features the SAB exclusive Bliss set.  The background layer is embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper folder.  The edges were distressed using the tool from the Stampin' Up Cutter Kit.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Watercolored Tree Birthday Card

The image on this card comes from the Lovely as a Tree set, it was stamped with Staz-on jet black ink on watercolor paper and then colored using the Stampin' Up aqua painter and classic ink pads (Garden Green and Early Espresso).  The sentiment is from the All Holidays set.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Embossed Texture Birthday Card

Scot's younger son, Landon, celebrated his 14th birthday last Thursday, 2/17, and this is the card that Kira made for him.  It features the Bring on the Cake set from the Occasions mini catalog.  The entire background with all of the stars and larger circle were run through the Big Shot using the square lattice embossing folder. 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Inspiration from an ULTA Advertisement

An ULTA flyer came in the mail earlier in the week and we loved the color combination of the make-up bag that was shown on the cover, so this was the card that the inspiration gave birth to...

The flowers and sentiment are from the hostess level 2 Apple Blossoms set.   

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Inked and Embossed Monogram Card

The background of this card was created by using the brayer to apply ink on the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder and then running it through the Big Shot.  The monogram letter is from the Broadsheet Alphabet set.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Lucky Shamrock Card

This card features the Lucky Shamrock a la carte stamp from the Occasions mini catalog.  We love the a la carte stamps for their economic benefit.  The Pear Pizzazz background was embossed using the Stampin' Up! exclusive Perfect Details Big Shot Texturz Plate.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Whoo's a True Friend?

Here's another card sample using the exclusive Sale-a-Bration Punch Bunch and So Happy for You stamp sets.  The So Saffron background was embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots folder.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Amazing & Simple Crafty Girl Project Featuring Stampin' Up!

Our friend and Crafty Girl Irene had this great post on her blog yesterday featuring one of the stamp sets that she got a couple of weeks ago when she hosted her very own Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration workshop!  When we first saw the Have a Seat set in the catalog, we thought, "are they serious?!" (some of you can probably relate), but then we see someone like Irene do something so simple and clever with it!  Seriously, when she ordered it, we were thinking, "REALLY?!?!", even after she told us that she thought it would be good for housewarming or neighbor gifts.  This is what it's all about though, bringing this stuff to life, and we certainly appreciate how she brought this stamp set to life and wanted to share it with you here.  Please check out her blog, she is so talented and creative (and energetic, because it appears that she never sleeps!)!  Here is her post:

Do you ever have an idea that seems too simple so you kinda blow off the idea, but the idea keeps coming back in your head? If not, it could just be my OCD acting up! Anyway, I have had an idea in my head for a week now and tonight I put it together.
The idea came when I picked up this stamp set from Stampin Up called "Have a Seat".
There was something about the bench stamp that just made me smile. How weird is that? A bench making me smile! 
I had a trio-frame set that I was not using. And I knew that I wanted to incorporate the stripe ribbon. 
On a piece of cream card stock I printed a saying that I really like from Sherry Dew..."If life were easy, it wouldn't be so hard." 
I then stamped the bench on the card stock. I cut the card stock to size and put it in the frame. Added the ribbon, and done. 5 minutes done
I think it is sweet. And you know what is funny? The bench and the saying have nothing to do with one another, but I love how it looks together! 
A nice little addition to my mantel.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Bliss Birthday

This card features images from the SAB exclusive Bliss set.  The Happy Birthday on the front is from Curly Cute and the inside sentiment is from Full of Life.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

We wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day!  This card features the Heart Pressed Letterpress Plate for the Sizzix Big Shot from the Occasions mini catalog.  It was done using Whisper White craft ink and then embossed with white powder.  The sentiment is from the Something to Celebrate level 2 hostess set, also from the Occasions mini catalog.  Have an enjoyable day with your "Sweet Valentine"!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Punch Bunch Photo Display

This photo display was created using the On Board long board as the base for the project.  The Sizzix Big Shot scallop square die was used for the main elements/photo mat.  The images are from the Punch Bunch set, which is a Sale-a-Bration exclusive.  Like the accents of patterned paper?  Well that's a SAB exclusive too, but you can choose either one with your $50 Stampin' Up order!  The words are from the Fabulous Phrases set.  We'll be doing this project at our February Sale-a-Bration workshop on Sunday, February 27th.  If you're located in the Las Vegas area, and interested in attending, please e-mail us for information!    

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Little Leaves Stencil Card

This was one of the cards we did for our Big Shot Club this month.  The Little Leaves die was used to make a mask and then the image was sponged with Wild Wasabi and Garden Green ink.  The scallop circle is the larger die from the Sizzix Bigz Scallop Circle #2 die and then has a circle from the new 3" circle die on top.  The sponged image is punched out with the 2 1/2" circle punch.  The sentiments are from the You're a Gem set in the Occasions mini catalog.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Petal "Ice Cream" Cone Card

This card was CASE'd from fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator Angie Juda-Kennedy(Chic' n Scratch)  It shows one of the many uses for the new Petal Cone die in the Occasions mini catalog.  The sentiment is from the A Word for You set and punched out with the Decorative Label punch.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Mojo Monday Week #177 Challenge

Here's a simple card for this week's Mojo Monday challenge, which incorporates a stamped image from the Sale-a-Bration set Punch Bunch, as well as some of the paper and die-cut adhesives from the Ice Cream Parlor DSP pack.  The Daffodil Delight scallop square was embossed with the Stampin' Up! exclusive Petals-a-Plenty folder.

Altered Embossed Tulips Frame

We are so grateful for the ideas that we can glean from other Stampin' Up! demonstrators and creative individuals.  We found instructions to alter the sizing of the new framed tulips embossing folder (available in the Occasions mini catalog) via Lynn Pratt.  The image and sentiment are from the Just Believe set.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Thinking of You

Here are more samples of cards using exclusive Sale-a-Bration products - the sentiment and heart image are from the So Happy For You set and the DSP is from the Ice Cream Parlor DSP pack.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Framed Tulips Valentine

This card showcases the new Framed Tulips embossing folder for the Big Shot.  The images are from the hostess level 1 set Punch Potpourri and the sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set.  

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Butterfly Bliss

This card incorporates more of the items that are available for FREE during Sale-a-Bration.  The coordinating ribbon and buttons are part of the Ice Cream Parlor ribbon & button pack.  The butterflies were stamped with an image from the Sale-a-Bration exclusive Bliss set and then punched with the butterfly punch. The sentiment comes from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Welcome Baby Card

This adorable image is included in the Punch Bunch set, that is one of the exclusive sets that Stampin' Up is offering for FREE during Sale-a-Bration through the end of March!  The Welcome Baby image coordinates perfectly with the Large Tag punch and can then be layered on a piece of cardstock punched out with the XL Tag punch.  

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Glimmer Hearts Tree

We had a bunch of scraps of glimmer paper left over from the cherry die cut on our birthday cupcake card, so we decided to punch hearts out and that gave way to this idea.  The tree image and sentiment are from the Season of Friendship set.  The scallop square was cut out with the Big Shot, as were the tags.  The larger tag is from the matchbox die and the smaller is from the Lots of Tags Sizzlits 4-pack.  The stamp-a-ma-jig was used to position the sentiment onto the tag.  The pinking hearts border punch was used on the chocolate chip cardstock strip. 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Welcome Sweet Little One

Stamp Sets: Cheap Talk & Fabulous Phrases
Cardstock: Blushing Bride & Whisper White
Hostess Level 1 In Color DSP Pack
Ink Pad: Chocolate Chip
Blushing Bride 1/2" Stitched-Poly Ribbon
Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder
Punches: 2 3/8" Scallop, 1 3/4" Cirlce, Corner RounderScallop Trim Border

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Thank You Cards for a Friend

We have a good friend, Kris Myers, who we met several years ago through our Las Vegas Stampin' Up! group.  Since she hasn't been a demonstrator for a while, she has been attending our workshops and classes as her schedule permits.  Recently, Kris made the decision to relocate to Tulsa, OK, to start a new chapter of her life.  Although we couldn't attend her going away celebration this past Sunday, she had requested gifts of handstamped butterfly-themed thank you cards.  This set of notecards went in the mail today for her.  The Great Friend (how appropriate!) and Curly Cute stamp sets were used for the image and sentiment.  The large white piece was embossed using a folder for the Big Shot and the butterfly image was cut out using the scallop rectangle clearlit for the Big Shot.  We wish Kris a safe and enjoyable journey as she makes her way to OK later this month and we wish her much happiness in her new endeavors. 

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