Monday, September 29, 2008

A Sign of the Season

Hello friends!

Saturday I attended a wonderful and inspiring Women's Retreat at my church. The theme was inner beauty. I met some really nice women and even found a new scrapbooking buddy! God is good!

As I was driving home from the retreat, I couldn't believe the site of some of the leaves on the trees already! They are turning really fast here and it's so beautiful. It's a sure sign of the change in season! I tried to capture the beauty of the season with this card.

I took a plain piece of Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla cardstock and made a 6.5 x 5 inch card. I cut off 2 inches of the cover and adhered the Fall Trees patterned paper by PSX to the remaining 3 inches. I have a gorgeous multi-colored ink pad from Adirondack called "Woodlands". It's perfect for trees and leaves to get that variegated look. I stamped 3 different leaf stamps on the inside of the card on the part you will see from the front. The leaf stamps are from Rubber Stampede and Inkadinkado.

The autumn saying is a Hero Arts stamp I stamped on another piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using the same ink pad as the leaves. I added a couple copper brads from Making Memories and attached it to the card on pop dots. I inked all the edges with the Woodlands ink pad.

Don't forget, World Card Making Day is this Saturday. Be sure to stop by for some fun things I have to share!


Friday, September 26, 2008

I'm Dreaming of a Pink and White Christmas

Good morning all!

It’s a little early to talk Christmas, but I have just been in the mood to start my Christmas cards early. It’s never too early because there never seems to be enough time to get them all done.

I created this card watching the season premier of Greys Anatomy last night. Did you watch it? It was very good, but was on way too late. I have to get up very early so I’m dragging today. My sitter had a bad cold yesterday and today my little one has it. No fun!

When I bought this set called “Snow Swirled” from Stampin’ Up! (pg 32, #111690), the delicate look of it made me think “pink”! I alternate the theme of my Christmas tree every year between Victorian and multi-color. I may do the Victorian tree this year which also inspired my card creation last night.

The first thing I did was emboss a Whisper White card with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder. Then I stamped and embossed the tree from the Snow Swirled set onto Pretty in Pink cardstock. I layered the embossed tree on Whisper White and then Pretty in Pink behind that. I stamped “Season’s Greetings”, also included in the Snow Swirled set, in Whisper White Craft Ink on the pink cardstock and cut out with my Nestabilities the oval shape. I layered that piece on a slightly larger embossed oval in Whisper White to raise up the saying a little. To finish it off, some shiny pink ribbon!

TGIF – the weekend is almost here. Thank you for stopping by and I appreciate all your comments. Please drop me a line anytime! Have a wonderful day!


Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Snow Swirled
Cardstock – Stampin’ Up! Whisper White and Pretty in Pink
Ink – Stampin’ Up! Whisper White Craft
Nestabilities – large ovals
Cuttlebug – Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
Embossing powder

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

Happy Fall!

I know, I know. I'm posting a card about snow and saying happy fall? Yesterday, the first day of fall, I felt like making a Christmas card! I guess fall just puts me in the mood to create because it gets darker out sooner and colder. I'm silly, I know!

Ok, before I tell you about my card creation here I have some exciting news! I received an e-mail yesterday from Splitcoaststampers that I am going to be the Inspiration Challenge host on World Card Making Day (October 4th) on their website!!!! I am very excited about this!!! What an awesome opportunity. So along with all the fun stuff here, you will also need to play along with my challenge at Splitcoaststampers, ok? Promise??? :)

Isn't the snowman cute on this card?! I just love him!The cardstock is Confetti White from Stampin' Up! (page 166, #102028 in the current catalog). I needed extra speckles in between my snowflakes and this paper was perfect for that. The cardstock and ink color I used is Brocade Blue from the Stampin' Up! Rich Regals collection. The snowflakes are just gorgeous and can be found in the SU! set Snow Swirled (pg 32, #11690). I love this set! I will be posting this week or next a really pretty card using the tree in this set. I love the sayings that come with it too. The cute little snowman and "Let it Snow" are from a clear set of stamps from Doodlebug. I added a few touches that are hard to see in this photograph. I added a hint of clear glitter to each snowflake to make them sparkle. I added two Brocade Blue (SU!) brads for buttons on the snowman. To add some extra softness I used Brocade Blue chalk from Stampin' Pastels (pg 163, #105542) to fill in the snowman and a light dusting on the saying.

I hope you are having a wonderful first week of fall and that you are getting geared up for my fun filled World Card Making Day! Someone asked me how many cards you will be able to make in my Christmas Card Kit I am releasing that day, and the answer is 10 cards! You're going to love them!

Thanks for stopping by and God bless!


Sunday, September 21, 2008

You light up the place with that smile on your face

Whew! I cannot believe it's Sunday already. Where does the time go?

I made this Halloween card for a good friend of mine who truly "lights up the place". The stamp, cardstock, and patterned paper is all from Stampin' Up! I pulled out my Making Memories Tag Maker to make the stamped image into a tag. I put a pop dot on the tag and secured it to a black scalloped circle. Then I took a silver pen and lightly edged the outline of the card to tie it all together. The patterned paper is simply 4 squares cut into 2.5x2.25 inches. The back ribbon is tied around the card and then I attached an extra knot to each side. There are also two black brads at the top and bottom corner.

Here are a couple announcements to keep in mind:
1)Stampin' Up! Batty for You set will be -20% through the end of September only here at Tiffany's Cardtique.

2) World Card Making Day is October 4th and I have many things to share with you that day! I will be releasing my first card kit for sale and to give you a little teaser, it's a Christmas card kit! Everything you need will be included - stamps, markers, cardstock, patterned paper, etc. I will have color pictures along with instructions to make it easy for you. Whether you're new to stamping or have been doing it for 20 years, this kit will make it easy and fast to produce your own Christmas cards people will marvel over this holiday season.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and took some time to stamp! Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, September 19, 2008

Creepy Crawly, Oh My Golly!

Hello everyone!

TGIF in a big way!!!! I live for the weekend!!! Are you glad it's Friday?

So how do you like my Creepy Crawly card? It may be difficult to see in the photo, but the top black section is that glitter paper from Doodlebug. I love it! Then I took my glue pen and added Doodlbug black glitter to each hanging spider and a dot on each scallop of the Stampin' Up! scallop circle punch. The fence is so awesome. It's from the Martha Stewart collection. Gotta love Martha! The spooky looking black tree is from the new Stampin' Up! Mini Catalog, due out October 1st, and is called "Season of Friendship". I used it in my last post too. The spiders and "Creepy Crawly" is from Michaels clear dollar stamps bin. Aren't they cute? The stamp on the scallop circle is from the Stampin' Up! set "Batty for You" and is my -20% off special this month. Isn't it a cool Halloween card?

If you have any trouble ordering off my Stampin' Up! website, please e-mail me. Some have been experiencing difficulty. I can either give you a call and help walk you through it, or I can place the order for you. This is a new system for SU! so there may be some bumps along the way. Thank you for your patience and visiting my blog today.

More to come this weekend! Take care.


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog Preview!

Hello Everyone!

It's been a rough week and it's only Tuesday! I blew out a tire on the way to work today. I'm always in a hurry because I have to get my son ready in the morning along with me, take him to the sitter, and make it to work by 8am. This morning I took a turn too sharp and hit the sidewalk which was all broken up and "pop" goes the tire. It wasn't a good way to start the day. My good friend reminded me though - life happens!

Birthday's happen too! A friend at work just had a birthday Sunday, so I made her this cute little tin filled with Hershey Nuggets and a matching card. You probably don't recognize the stamp set and patterned paper? That's because it's a preview of what is to come in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog being released October 1st! The tree and leaves comes from a new set called "Season of Friendship". It also includes a snowflake, bird, and flower to put on your tree. A tree for all seasons! The patterned paper is amazing! It's called "Autumn Vine". I just love it!

I have a wonderful event taking place here at Tiffany's Cardtique on October 4th! In case you haven't heard, October 4th is National Card Making Day. I am going to have demonstrations, giveaways, and cards (of course) to inspire you to create. I am also going to be releasing my first card kit for sale! I have been working hard getting this together and I'm very excited about it and I think you will be too. Stay tuned for more details!!!

I hope your week is going much better than mine! Thank you for stopping by.


Saturday, September 13, 2008

Going to the Chapel!

Are you singing along to the title of this blog posting? Last night I had to make a quick wedding card for today. I think this turned out pretty elegant just going with mostly white and a little black. All I did was emboss with a Cuttlebug embossing folder the front of the card. I used my large oval Nestabilities to cut and emboss a piece of white cardstock I stamped my sentiment on. The sentiment comes from the Stampin' Up! set Sincere Salutations (item#105156). I use this set all the time because it has a sentiment for every occasion and I just love the script. I also decorated the envelope for this card. I embossed another piece of white cardstock using the same embossing folder and used the oval Nestabilities to cut out a frame. I had from Quote Stacks (DCWV) this vellum "Newlyweds" piece and put the frame over that. I hope they like it!

I've gotta go get my groceries and then get ready for the wedding. Have a wonderful Saturday and I'll be back to posting Halloween and Fall cards next! Thanks for stopping by!


P.S. Did you notice you can now order Stampin' Up! from me directly online, anytime! Click on the link to the right of this entry and you can shop and place your order immediately. How cool is that! If you still prefer to e-mail me your order, that is ok too. Don't forget, first time customers receive -20% off their first order!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Pizza Anyone? Mini Pizza Box Tutorial

I love pizza! Actually, I love anything Italian!!! Back to pizza though, how cool are the boxes they come in? Did you ever think about it? I have created these mini pizza boxes to hold a cookie, candy, 3x3 cards, etc. The possibilities are endless! They are so cute and easy to make. You'll love this tutorial!

Supplies You'll Need:
Scor-Pal (or any other means of scoring tools you may use)
6x11 piece of heavy cardstock or double sided patterned paper
Mini Pizza Box Tutorial
1) Across the short side of your 6"x11" cardstock, score 1" in from both sides.

2) Across the long side, score at 1", 5", 6" and 10".

3) Cut along the dotted lines as shown in diagram on the left.

4) Fold along score lines into a box, and secure flaps with adhesive as you go along.

Easy, isn't it? And they are so cute!!! If you have any questions, please drop me an e-mail.

I hope you are having a terrific week and getting lots of stamping done!! Thank you for stopping by.


P.S. You'll notice I used the Stampin' Up! Batty for You set again as a little embellishment on this box. I stamped the pumpkin in black ink on orange cardstock. The SU! 1 3/8 circle punch is the perfect size for the entire set. Once I punched that out, I used the SU! Scallop Circle punch to punch out the black background. The SU! Batty for You set is on sale only through Tiffany's Cardtique for -20% off the cover price for the month of September. Order today!!!

Monday, September 8, 2008

I'm Batty for You! Halloween Card

So who are you Batty for this Halloween? I'm Batty over this awesome Stampin' Up! set "Batty for You" on page 28 of your new catalog. I actually bought it last year when it was in the mini catalog and used it a little last year. I couldn't wait to pull it out this year and combine it with one of the new Cuttlebug embossing folders called "Boo to You". It's a perfect match, isn't it?

This Halloween card was actually so simple to make. After I embossed on SU! Elegant Eggplant cardstock with the Cuttlebug folder, I layered it on a black card and paper pierced completely around the edge with the help of Stampin' Up! Mat Pack. I added black/white grosgrain ribbon to the center and used my Stampin' Up! Scallop Circle and 1 3/8" circle punches to stamp on. I also paper pierced on each scallop and used a white uni-ball Signo Gel Pen to outline the piercing. Cute and easy - that's how we like it!

More fall and Halloween themed cards to come! Stay tuned!

Stampin' Up! Batty for You (Item #109363)
Page 28 in the Stampin' Up! Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog.

*This set is great for cards, scrapbook pages, and tags on treat boxes & bags.

*Order this set in September and get -20% the catalog price!

*Keep visiting my blog to see more ideas for this set!!!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

My Favorite Season Has Arrived!

Hello Friends!

Fall has arrived and I love it! I got to pull out and wear my jean jacket today. It was pretty cool and rainy today. I could pass on the rain, but I love those crisp autumn days!

I took my son to get some new shoes this morning and then to a Leaf Festival. We didn't stay long because of the rain, but we got to pet a bunch of animals and listen to a band. My son loves music and he was just mesmerized by the band there.

When we got home it was nap time! I'm sure it's clear to you what I did during that time - stamp! Actually I did a little stamping, embossing, and punching on this card. Have you checked out the new season of Cuttlebug embossing folders? OMG - they are awesome! This one is called Pumpkin Harvest. Isn't it pretty?! The bottom half of the card is just the cutest paper I've had forever in my stash . I used some black & white grosgrain ribbon for the center and stamped on and layered chipboard leaves from American Crafts. I used Fiskars Threading Water punch (or you could use Stampin' Up! Scallop Edge punch) for a black decorative edge on the one side.

I hope your weekend is a great one and thank you for taking the time to stop by!


Thursday, September 4, 2008

Hero Arts Dandelion

I love to use a variety of products when I make a card. I rarely use all of just one company, and if I do, it's Stampin' Up! Stampin' Up! has coordinating patterned papers, ribbons, buttons, felt flowers, brads, etc. They make it easy for those of us with not a lot of time, or who may have trouble coordinating products.

In addition to Stampin' Up! products, I also have many Hero Arts stamps. I bought this stamp several months ago and the name of it is "Dandelion" (G4917). I just loved how delicate it looks.

I used Stampin' Up! Creamy Caramel for the circular background and Chocolate Chip for the Dandelion and sentiment. I stamped it on cream colored mulberry paper and tore the edges to keep the delicate theme going. I layered everything on Stampin' Up! cardstock and patterned paper. The fibers are from JoAnn's $1 bin. Don't pass by those $1 bins because you never know what goodies you might find!

Have a wonderful TGIF and thank you for stopping by!


Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Coaster Album of Colors

Hello everyone!

I keep thinking today is Monday. This week should fly by!

Did you enjoy your last long weekend of summer? I sure did. I completed this coaster album for Stamps-Paper-Scissors. It was a design team project I was assigned, to create something out of these blank coasters. I am teaching my son his colors, so I decided to make him a bright cheerful little book of colors he can carry around with him. It was a great way to use up some supplies too! I used a little of everything from all different companies. It was fun to create. If you see something you would like to know where it's from, drop me an e-mail. The supply list is a little lengthy for a blog posting.

Potty training is going ok. I like things done right away, so this task is a little frustrating for me. He is doing well though and I encourage him as much as possible.

Have a wonderful Tuesday and stop back soon!