Monday, June 29, 2009

New Stampin Up Catalog Products Wedding Card - For the Newlyweds

What is clear, plastic, designer printed, and nearly effortless to use to create a card with? Stampin' Up! Printed Window Sheets!

My heart skipped a beat when I saw 2 new sets of them in the Stampin' Up! 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalog! I get way too excited over this stuff, I know.

The window sheet on the wedding card I created today is from the current mini catalog expiring tomorrow, but rest assured - it's also available to order from the new catalog on July 1st! These Printed Window Sheets are perfect for overlays and photo frames. You'll see them again on this blog. Hee hee! Click HERE for my 4th of July card. Aren't they fun?!

I really enjoyed creating this card because I'm a big fan of black & white. The supply list will be provided at the end of the post.

I will fill you in on a few details about creating this card:

1) The sentiment in the scallop circle is from a new set in the 2009-2010 Stampin' Up! Catalog. It's called Teeny Tiny Wishes. There is nothing "Teeny" about how many stamps you get in this set or how much use you'll get out of it. It's a set of 24 with all the different holidays and occasions you can think of!

2) I outlined the little scallops with the fine tip end of the Basic Black marker.

3) I cut a slit for the ribbon at the top of the card using a Hobby Blade. I punched a small circle at the top and bottom of the scallop circle. I thread the ribbon through the holes, folded them over, trimmed, and secured with a brad through the entire card front. This will hold the window sheet in place as well. No glue or tape marks - bonus!

4) I attached the entire black card on a piece of Whisper White cardstock as a base for the card. It really makes your card a little different from the rest when you add this type of background.

Just a reminder, you will be able to order from the new Stampin' Up! Catalog this Wednesday, July 1st after 12pm. Please be patient when ordering online. My site will be busy which slows things down a bit.

Have a great day!


Recipe (all supplies from Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes (item #115370 - available July 1st)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Printed Window Sheets, Scallop Oval, White Grosgrain Ribbon, White Brads

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Stampin' Up! 2009-2010 New "In Color" Sneak Peek

I mentioned a few posts ago I'm getting ready for a crafting garage sale in July. Upon weeding through my stamp collection & deciding what to get rid of and what to keep, I came across this stamp from Stampabilities and just love the verse:

Ask and it shall be given to you;
Seek and ye shall find;
Knock and it shall be opened unto you.
Luke 11:9

The challenge in getting ready for this sale is what to keep and what not to. My rule is if I haven't used it in the last 3 years and I don't absolutely love it, it's going. Sound good? If you have any other suggestions, please let me know! What a task it has been!

This week Stampin' Up! is releasing the new catalog on July 1st!!!! I received my complimentary book and I just LOVE so much in there. I'm excited to share it with you! Here is a sneak peek of the new "In Colors" which are breathtaking!
If you would like a catalog, the cost is only $9.95 - shipping/handling is free! I added PayPal button on my right sidebar to make it easy for you to purchase your catalog. If you would like to pay by check, drop me an e-mail at

Just a reminder too . . . the last day to order any retiring stamps from the Stampin' Up! Last Chance List is June 30th!

Enjoy your weekend and happy stamping!!

Recipe for card (All supplies from Stampin' Up! unless noted otherwise):
Stamps: Stampabilities
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Blush Blossom
Designer Series Paper: Petal Patch (retired)
Accessories: 5 Petal Flower Punch (item# 109041), Nestabilities, Chocolate Chip Corduroy Buttons (item #114339), Ribbon

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

So Long Curly Label Bundle

Good morning stampers! I'm recovering this morning from a lengthy dentist appointment I had last night after work. No fun! Thank God it's over with! The dentist is not one of my favorite places to be.

Before I head to work, I wanted to remind you that you can order from the Last Chance list until June 30th. One of my favorite Stampin' Up! items used above, Curly Label Bundle, is retiring. Boo hoo! Rest assured, the new catalog has some new punches and matching stamp sets that are just as cute!

To create today's "thank you" card using the Curly Label Bundle follow these directions:

1) Create a 4x4 card using Chocolate Chip cardstock

2) Cut and set aside a 3.75x3.75 piece of Delicate Dots (retired) patterned paper for the card front

3) Stamp in Real Red the "thank you" stamp from the Curly Label Bundle and punch out.

4) Punch out two slots on either side using the Horizontal Slot punch

5) Take a 10 inch long piece of Riding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon and wrap around the patterned paper and through the slots. Tie to the side.

6) Adhere the patterned paper to the front of the card

7) Add a little flower from the Flower Fusion II set with a gold brad in the center

I'm off to get ready for work! Tonight I have a much needed hair appointment. I'm ready for something new, but my husband is not. :)

Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all those father's visiting my blog today! I want to send special wishes & prayers to those who are serving overseas in the military and cannot be with their loved ones today. God bless and thank you for your service!

My little one was at it again! I had him decorate a photo cube (Making Memories) for my husband for Father's Day and I attached pictures of them together on the cube. He used markers & glitter glue. He LOVES glitter glue. Too funny!

The card above is the one I made for my husband. He has become a wonderful father and I am truly blessed to share this journey with him. He's come a long way since that first year! The picture below is from his first Father's Day. Time sure does fly! My father died from cancer about 15+ years ago and that's hard to believe! Time is precious. Never take it for granted.

Have a wonderful day!

Recipe for Father's Day Card (All supplies from Stampin' Up!):
Ink: Close to Cocoa
Designer Series Paper: Spring Showers (retired)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Kraft, Bashful Blue

Friday, June 19, 2009

The Tassel Is Worth The Hassle

I have a graduation party to attend tomorrow and I made this little card to put the gift of cash in!

The little graduation cap is a stamp from the retired Stampin' Up! set, Sketch An Event. I stamped the cap in black ink on Whisper White cardstock. I cut it out completely leaving a little white edge around it. You can either cut around the tassel like I did, or make little slits to fringe it. It's cute either way . . .
The Tassel Is Worth The Hassle!

If you don't have the set Sketch An Event in your Stampin' Up! collection, an even more attractive replacement for this stamp is one from the Great Grads set in the current catalog (item #114976). It includes some "congratulations" stamps which can be used for other occasions in addition to graduation. I love sets that are versatile like that.

Have a fun weekend and I'll be back soon. Thank you for stopping by!

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Recipe (all supplies from Stampin' Up! unless noted otherwise):
Stamps: Sketch An Event (retired)
Ink: Basic Black
Cardstock: Garden Green, Whisper White, Brilliant Blue
Designer Series Paper: Jersey Shore (retired)
Accessories: Ribbon (from Michaels Arts & Crafts store), Scallop Circle Punch, Nestabilities, Making Memories Brad

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Stampin' Up! 2009-2010 Catalog Arrival!

I was very excited to receive the mail yesterday! Not only did I get my Stampin' Up! pre-order items from the new catalog, I received a copy of the new catalog! Whoo-hoo! I already started my wish list and it's pretty long.

Two items I am very happy to see in the new Stampin' Up! catalog is the set Oval All and Scallop Oval Punch that are currently in the mini catalog! I used both items in the card above. Sorry about the bad picture. I struggled to capture the embossed background. I layered white on white for the background. I embossed a 4x5.5 inch piece of Whisper White cardstock and glued that to the front of the card. It looks a little more elegant in person. Again, my picture taking skills are a work in progress. :)

I did a little shopping at Kohls tonight. The store was packed because they were having a big sale. I had to shop for a birthday present for a 15 year old girl. It made me feel old because I felt a little clueless about what to get. She wears jewelry all the time so I found an adorable necklace with her initial and a little charm on a chain. Teenage girls like to shop so I bought her an Old Navy gift card to go with it. Do you think I did ok? I'll let you know how it goes. The birthday party is Saturday.

Wish me luck! Have a wonderful day!

Recipe (all supplies from Stampin' Up unless noted otherwise):
Stamps: Oval All
Ink: Certainly Celery
Cardstock: Whisper White, So Saffron
Designer Series Paper: Spring Fling (retired)
Ribbon: So Saffron
Accessories: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch

Monday, June 15, 2009

Back in Black

Hello friends! I hope you are enjoying the summer. Can you believe it's mid-June? Wow! The release of the new Stampin' Up! catalog is weeks away. My pre-order items should arrive this week. I've been trying to use up my old stuff and I'm getting ready for a craft garage sale coming up at our local scrapbook store. I reserved a table to hopefully sell a lot of my older stuff I don't use anymore.
Does the patterned paper on the card above look familiar? It's from the last Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration. I still have a few sheets left from the pack called Delicate Dots. The colors really pop with just a touch of black behind the patterned paper and Kraft cardstock (Back in Black - hee hee). Black can really make your card creations striking especially when paired with brights colors. Keep that in mind!

Have a wonderful day and thank you for visiting!
Recipe (all supplies from Stampin' Up! unless noted otherwise):
Stamps: Hero Arts
Designer Series Paper: Delicate Dots (retired)
Cardstock: Garden Green, Basic Black, Kraft
Ribbon: So Saffron (retired)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

2 + 2 = ?

2 birthdays + 2 graduation parties (in one week) = lots of card making!

My mother and good friend at work both share the same birthday. The cards pictured above are what I made for them this past week.

Not only was I busy, but my little guy was busy crafting too! He took almost an entire hour to paint his grandma a birdhouse for her birthday. You can see from the picture how intently he was working. Too cute. He is 3 1/2 years old now.

We hit some garage sales this morning and bought some great new toys! We're off to play at Grandma's today.

Have a wonderful weekend! Thank you for visiting!

Recipe for birthday card (all supplies from Stampin' Up! unless noted otherwise):
Stamp set: Season of Friendship, Great Impressions (sentiment)
Designer Series Paper: Tea Party
Cardstock: Cameo Coral, Lavender Lace, Whisper White
Ink: Cameo Coral, Lavender Lace, Gable Green, Close to Cocoa
Ribbon: American Crafts

Monday, June 8, 2009

Tart & Tangy

Which do you prefer - tart or tangy? I lean more towards the tart. I love Sour Patch Kids. Mmmm!

I love to make summer themed cards using the Stampin' Up! Tart & Tangy set. I was very happy to not see this set on the retired list. On my right sidebar I have a link to the Stampin' Up! Last Chance List. Check it out! If you are thinking about getting any of the sets on the list, you have until June 30th to place your order before they are gone for good.

Speaking of retired products, I used SU! Summer Picnic paper (retired) for the background paper on today's creation. I stamped on Whisper White cardstock the oranges in Only Orange ink and the limes in Green Galore. The 1" circle punch is the perfect size to punch these out. I slightly overlapped these when I attached them to the bottom of the card.

The sentiment was attached to the card by using the Slit Punch to make a little rounded slit to tuck this piece under.

Don't forget to stamp your envelope to match your creation!

My order of the new Stampin' Up! products coming out in the July catalog should hopefully arrive this weekend! I'll be able to share some sneak peaks with you. Get excited!!!!

Have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by today!

Recipe for card (all products from Stampin' Up! unless noted otherwise):
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Tart & Tangy, Great Impressions
Designer Series Paper: Summer Picnic (retired)
Ink: Only Orange, Green Galore, Real Red
Tools: 1" Circle Punch, Slit Punch
Ribbon - Dashes, Dots, & Checks (from Michaels)

Monday, June 1, 2009

Get Ready to Sparkle!

My son and husband and have something very much in common - the love for their birthday! They both get that sparkle in their eyes when their birthday is approaching. My husband's birthday is July 2nd. I decided to make him a card this year with some sparkle and patriotic colors in honor of the 4th of July holiday.

I cheated a little with this creation. I used the new Printed Window Sheets from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog. These are so cool looking and easy to use that people will think you spent hours instead of minutes on the card.

I used Real Red for the card base (5.50 x 4.25). The white layer is 5 x3.75 inches. The blue is 4.50 x 3.25 inches. I stamped on the blue cardstock the "Celebrate"stamp, from the Matchbox Messages stamp set, in Whisper White Craft Ink. I attached the window sheet over the entire front of the card with the star brads and glued on the little rhinestones in the center of each star. They look like sparklers, don't they?

You can still order from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog through the end of this month (June 30th). I will be sharing a couple other cards using the Printed Window Sheets.

Thank you for stopping by today. Have a great one!
Here is the recipe (all supplies from Stampin' Up! unless noted otherwise):
Stamp Set
: Matchbox Messages (from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog)
Cardstock: Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Whisper White
Craft Ink: Whisper White
Accessories: Printed Window Sheets (#115122), Silver Star Brads (from JoAnn Fabrics), Red Rhinestones (from any craft store)