Monday, January 14, 2019

Mail A Card Monday With Lovely Lattice

Hello there!

It's Mail A Card Monday, and it just so happens that I had cards to mail out to my awesome team members. It was just a little something to say Happy New Year to them. I decided I wanted to play with the beautiful new Lovely Lattice that you can get FREE right now with Sale-a-Bration. Isn't it a gorgeous set?


I really wanted to play around with this one and do some watercoloring, so I used watercolor paper. I started by embossing the image in gold which made the watercoloring much easier. I just kind of had to stay in the lines.

For the watercoloring I first got my "palettes" ready. I squished some ink onto the lid of my ink pad by firmly pressing the bottom and top of the pad together. I then placed a drop of reinker of the same color off to one side. This gave me basically two shades of the same color with the reinker drop being the darker. To do each flower, I started by spreading a layer of plain water over the entire flower with an Aqua Painter and then filled in with the lighter color of the flower. I then made sure a couple of petals were wet (sometimes I had to lean my head over to get a reflection from the window to make sure it was wet) and then I just touched the tip of my Aqua Painter in the reinker drop and then touched it to the base of the petals. As long as the petal was still wet, the reinker would spread out giving a nice gradient look. I did this all around the petal working a few petals at a time. The smaller flowers were done in one go. I actually made each of the cards with different colors so I could see how they looked, but I got so excited about mailing them out I forgot to take pictures until I'd already sealed three of them in their envelopes. :o( At least they will be a bit of a surprise to the recipients. The one was done with Flirty Flamingo, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive.

Have you seen the new Butterfly Beauty Thinlet dies. Oh my! So many butterflies! It has two large, absolutely amazing dies, but it also includes LOTS and LOTS of small and tiny butterflies. The tiny ones are the size of rhinestones and were the perfect accent to my bouquet. I cut them from gold foil paper to match the embossing and the gold foil strip along the side. To give my focal point a little extra "somthin' somthin' ", I rounded and punched each corner with our Detailed Trio Punch.


It was really hard to photograph this so you could see the shiny embossing.


What do you think? I hope you get a chance to put something in the mail soon to brighten someone's day. 

Till next time...
God's love and blessings!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Hand Delivered Birthday Card

Hello there!

I've been working on cards for this month's Card Buffet. Each month I make 4 new cards, and my crafters get to choose between those 4 plus the 4 from the month before. They choose any 4 they like and they get to make 2 of each. I have everything pre-cut and instructions in each box, so they can work at their own pace and we get to chat together for a couple of hours. I always have hot tea and cocoa available, but I do need to get better at having some snacks to go alongside. If you know of any good recipes, please comment below. Maybe muffins, or coffee cake and such.

Here is one of the cards I've designed for this month using the Hand Delivered hostess set.


I'm always in need of more birthday cards, and this one was just fun! It does come together pretty quickly as there is very little coloring. Really, just her blouse and shoes. The stamp fills in the skirt and belt, and the balloons are punched. I used the 1 inch punch for all but the light blue balloon in the front. That one was just a bit too small to fill in the front, so I used a 1 1/4 inch for that one.

The patterned paper on the front comes from the Twinkle Twinkle Designer Series Paper. That set is originally designed as a "baby" set, but the colors in it are quite versatile.


You may notice that the balloon on the envelope in each picture is in a different spot. I couldn't decide where I liked it, in the lower corner, or right next to where you'd write the recipient's address. Since I did two samples for this card, I did each envelope different. Which one do you like better?


Don't forget to take advantage of Sale-a-Bration. There are some pretty amazing things you can get for FREE. It's not just stamp sets either, there's ribbon, embellishments, super cool foil paper, an entire card kit, and even some dies. I love getting rewarded for shopping. :o)

You can find links to the products I've used below or, if you're local to me I'd love to have you at my Card Buffet.

Till next time...
God's love and blessings!



Hostess Code Bonus: Please use this month's Hostess Code when you place an order. It will allow me to pick up some goodies to share with you when I send out your Thank You gift at the end of the month. (If you check the "Do No Contact" button when you order, I cannot legally contact you in any way, which means I cannot send you a Thank You gift or any extra goodies. :o(  )

Friday, January 4, 2019

New Spring Occasions Catalog!

Hello there! I know it's been quite a while. Let's just say life happened. :o) It's a new year, can you believe it? I'm so excited to see what is in store this year. A new year also means Sale-A-Bration!!!

For those who don't know, this is the best time of year for crafters. Stampin' Up! rewards you for shopping! With two earning levels, you receive FREE product with qualifying orders, and there is no limit to how many free products you can earn. Of course, with Sale-A-Bration also comes our new Spring Occasions Catalog.


Isn't that a fun video? So many great products. Of course, it's a spring catalog so there's butterflies and flowers, but I absolutely LOVE the new masculine style sets. I mean isn't this one awesome?
And the coordinating die set--love those gears:


Here are some samples from the catalog. I love it! Unfortunately I don't have it just yet, so I've just been collecting ideas for when I do get mine in. My daughter says the fist card I have to make with it is a pair of jeans with the oil spill on it. If you've ever seen my hubby's laundry, you'll know why. ;o)


I have had a chance to play with some of the other new sets though. These two projects will be featured in my upcoming TNT (Tips N Techniques) Class this month.


I used products from the All My Love Suite for both of these. The background papers are made with the glossy paper, reinkers and some rubbing alcohol. I believe it's called the "polished stone" technique. If I get a chance I'll try and put together a tutorial for both projects.

If you're interested in seeing the new Occasions and Sale-A-Brations products, you can click on the Sale-A-Bration image above, or message me and I will get a hard copy out to you as quick as I can.

Hostess Code Bonus: Please use this month's Hostess Code when you place an order. It will allow me to pick up some goodies to share with you when I send out your Thank You gift at the end of the month. (If you check the "Do No Contact" button when you order, I cannot legally contact you in any way, which means I cannot send you a Thank You gift or any extra goodies. :o(  )

Till next time...
God's love and blessings!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

This Little Piggy Hiding in the Barn

Hello there!

I just had a chance to break out my Barn Door Stamp Set along with its coordinating Sliding Door Framelits set. I knew I wanted to pair it with This Little Piggy. I mean, seriously, the two were made for each other. After making one, I decided I wanted to use it at my June TNT (Tips N Techniques) class, but I knew that the piggy one was going to be a bit too time consuming, so I came up with a slightly simpler version.


The card with the red bow is my Little Piggy one. Although you can't see it well in the photo, I scored lines across the background piece to mimic a barn. I wasn't sure if the lines should go vertical or horizontal. I looked up photos online and found that some barns are built one way, and some the other. I realize what I really should have done was make this in red instead of Crumb Cake. Definitely would have looked more like a barn then. I also water colored a bit of shading on the door.

On the second card, I didn't score the background or watercolor the door. Just a simple matter of stamping and die cutting. I even decided to stamp the door handle rather than using the die cut one. Love that you have options and they both look great.

I watched a video that Stampin' Up! put out showcasing this set and how to assemble your cards. In it they recommend you use washers for the sliding mechanism. I remember when doing spinner cards, washers or pennies were recommended as you needed the weight to help the spinner spin, but after making my piggy card with pennies. I found that the card seemed a bit too heavy and knew it would definitely cost more to send, so I tried using 3/4 inch circles of cardstock. Worked like a charm. My other tip would be to make sure that whatever you use doesn't stick out farther than your door when you stick them to the dimensionals.  Otherwise they will show when you slide the door back and forth.


Here's what my doors open up to:

Cute little water colored piggy...


and a simple sentiment.


And inside the cards:


A little more water coloring on the piggy one along with an extra layer of cardstock.

Well, now I think I need to go make a red one. Maybe with a little kitty hiding in the barn. Hmm. So many options. :o)

Till next time...
God's love and blessings!



Hostess Code Bonus: Please use this month's Hostess Code when you place an order. It will allow me to pick up some goodies to share with you when I send out your Thank You gift at the end of the month. (If you check the "Do No Contact" button when you order, I cannot legally contact you in any way, which means I cannot send you a Thank You gift or any extra goodies. :o(  )

Monday, May 21, 2018

Mail A Card Monday--Graduation Cards

Hello there!

It's Mail A Card Monday again. I have to confess that I don't actually have any cards in my mail box today. My daughter does, but I don't. I did however, hand out quite a few graduation cards this weekend or rather, my hubby did. My Handsome Hubby is a high school teacher which means lots of invites to Open Houses. The end of the year snuck up on me, so I spent Mother's Day afternoon creating a variety of graduation cards for him to hand out. Here's what I came up with.


Hard to tell in these photos, but the school colors are purple and white. It was a cloudy day when I took these photos, and they look black and white to me. I used Elegant Eggplant for all of the stamping on these cards. I think next year I will have to use the new Gorgeous Grape color.

The first card I designed was simply a bunch of purple and gold balloons with a "Congratulations" banner across them.


I used both the Gold Foil and Gold Glimmer paper for the balloons. The strings were just hand drawn on. Some of the cards I did a better job of drawing the strings than others. The "Congratulations" came from the Petal Palette set and it just perfectly fit inside the banner from the Number of Years set.

Speaking of the Number of Years set. I used it for the next card along with the matching dies. So sad to see this set retire. I don't see myself getting rid of them as I do most of my retiring stuff, as they are perfect to use for both graduation and birthday cards.


You may also notice a new set on here. This is the new Pick a Pennant set that I received at OnStage a few weeks ago. To achieve the lighter purple color on the banner, I just stamped off once on scrap paper and then stamped onto the card front. I used the Stamparatus to stamp the "Congrats" on there. I lined up all the letters where I wanted them and then it was just a matter of stamping once for each card front I did. So easy!

The next card is my favorite. I made a shaker card using the Gold Glitter Flakes from the Occasions Catalog.


A few balloons and a "Congratulations" banner and this card was done. Whew! I made 4 of each of these designs for him, and he just informed me he has 1 left and several more open houses to attend next weekend. Guess I know what I'll be doing in the craft room tonight. :o)

So, while I didn't get anything in the mail box today, I did send out quite a few cards over the weekend. I think that counts. :o) How about you? What's in your mail box this week?

Till next time...
God's love and blessings!




Hostess Code Bonus: Please use this month's Hostess Code when you place an order. It will allow me to pick up some goodies to share with you when I send out your Thank You gift at the end of the month. (If you check the "Do No Contact" button when you order, I cannot legally contact you in any way, which means I cannot send you a Thank You gift or any extra goodies. :o(  )

Friday, May 18, 2018

Garden In Bloom Anniversary Cards

Hello there! This past week I finished up my birthday and anniversary cards for May. For the anniversary cards I wanted to use one of my retiring sets that I just hadn't used very much. I also used the retiring Marina Mist color for my cardstock and flowers. 


This is one of those sets that's not only very pretty, but it's pretty easy to use. It's a 2-Step set, with a hand sketched, watercolor kind of look to it. This means that the stamp that colors in the image doesn't perfectly line up with the outline, which makes stamping pretty easy since you don't have to be precise. 


Since I was making multiples of this card, I used my Stamparatus. Having the removable/flip-able plates made this go pretty quick. I was able to have the outline on one plate, the blue image on another plate, and the green on the back of that one. I did have to rearrange the stamps a couple of times on the plates as I used the flowers and leaves multiple times on each card front. I stamped all the card fronts with the flower in one spot, moved the flowers and then stamped all the card fronts again. I had to do this multiple times, but it was still much easier than making sure all my flowers were lined up each time. 


Not much time left to get this stamp set. I think it's a pretty versatile set as you can even do some more masculine themed cards by using the bumble bee in the set rather than the flowers. How about you? What set do you love that can be used for both feminine and masculine cards?

Till next time...
God's love and blessings!



Hostess Code Bonus: Please use this month's Hostess Code when you place an order. It will allow me to pick up some goodies to share with you when I send out your Thank You gift at the end of the month. (If you check the "Do No Contact" button when you order, I cannot legally contact you in any way, which means I cannot send you a Thank You gift or any extra goodies. :o(  )

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

June's Suite Sampler Craft Kit

Hello there!

I am so excited to share with you June's Suite Sampler Craft Kit. For those who don't know, this is a specially curated box of crafting goodies based off of one of Stampin' Up!'s suites. It's a sampling of the suite along with some other goodies added to round out your crafting possibilities.

This month's kit is based on the new Rooted in Nature Suite coming out in 2018/2019 Annual catalog. You guys, this kit is so gorgeous, and so versatile!


It's also perfect for Father's Day, which in the US is celebrated on June 17th this year. I am posting this now so you have plenty of time to let me know that you want the kit. I will place the order for the products June 1st (when the products will come available). I will post them out to you as quickly as I can so that, hopefully, you will have time to make something awesome to give for Father's Day. I already have a couple of projects planned and will post them over the next couple of weeks along with instructions so you can make them to.

So, what's in June's kit?


Isn't this paper gorgeous!?!

All of this, and actually, a little more. There are a couple of things missing from this picture. For $20 ($25 with shipping) you get:
     *1/2 pack Nature's Poem DSP (6 x 12)
     *2 sheets each Blackberry Bliss, Tranquil Tide, Soft Suede, Petal Pink, Calypso Coral cardstock
     *4 sheets Whisper White
     *10 Whisper White envelopes
     *8 Leaves Trinkets (2 each of 4 designs)
     *1 yd Blackberry Bliss Twine
     *1 yd Crumb Cake Twine
     *1 yd Grapefruit Grove Twine
     *1 yd Mint Macaron Twine
     * 1 sheet Watercolor Paper
     *2 Kraft Pillow Boxes (shown in very top photo)
     *6 True Gentlemen Buttons (2 each of 3 designs) (not shown)
     *BONUS: 11 each gold and silver pearls (not shown)

If you were to buy all of these products in their original packaging it would cost over $105! You get a sampling of them for just $20! Plus, you get some project ideas from me so you can put your kit to use right away.

As usual, there are some optional extras that you can add with no additional shipping charges, and they will also get you a few extra goodies from me.


Optional Extras:
     *Pinewood Planks 3D Dynamic Impressions Embossing Folder (not shown)  $10
     *Rooted in Nature Stamp Set $55 wood mount/$42 clear mount
     *Nature's Roots Framelits Dies $39
     *Rooted In Nature Bundle (includes stamp set and Framelits) $84.50 wood mount/$72.75 clear mount

BONUS: If you add on any of Optional Extras, I will add 1 yard of our Burlap Ribbon, and any 2 products will get you an entire package of Corrugated Elements. (The Rooted in Nature Bundle counts as 2 items.)

I'm so excited to share this Suite Sampling with you. I can't wait to post the projects I've made. :-)


The deadline to reserve your kit is May 31. Remember that you need to email me to reserve your Suite Samplings Craft Kit. I will send you an invoice and payment will be to me in advance of the order being placed and sent out.  

Shipping Notes: If you live local to me and would like to pick up your kit, your total price is $20. If you are not local to me I will send the Suite Samplings Craft kit and any Optional Extras in a Priority Flat Rate padded envelope. Your total price will be $25. 

This is only available in the United States. You need to email me to order. You cannot order this kit through my online Stampin' Up! store as this is a kit that I have specially curated for you.