Saturday, April 9, 2016

Spring is here!!!

It's that time of year, when there's a beautiful, sunny day and it totally convinces you that EVERYthing can be planted in the garden, RIGHT NOW, and that summer will be here TOMORROW!... Today is such a day.  The kids (and I) practiced their running for cross country, played football in the yard, and tossed water balloons until everyone was soaked and freezing!  But, oh, the sunshine feels so very good!...  Now for ice-cream at sweet peaks....

We made this cutie pie layout at my scrap class last night.  I was in the mood for something colorful and a little whimsical and different than my usual, so this is what I came up with!  I made a cardboard "tree pattern", and we traced it on the back of adhesive backed felt that we could then cut out, and peel and stick to the layout.  I recently got the Blossom Bunch Punch from the Occasions catalog, and  hadn't had a chance to play with it yet.  I was really surprised at how lovely the little flowers look layered together. Quite a different look than any punches I've owned.  The little stacked flowers remind me of darling scrap booking embellishments you can find at craft stores sometimes.  Only, with this punch, you can make any combination to match any project you please!  Sometimes it is so refreshing to have a nice splash of color in your scrap book pages, and this one fits the bill!

For the leaves, we used the festive flower punch.  Quick, easy, yet quite a statement.  I had a ton of this retired Designer paper stacks, and we made a really good dent in it with this class!  Now, that means I can buy the updated version.  Yippee skippee! :)

Hope all my peeps enjoyed making it as much as I did!

Ok! Ice cream time.  Happy trails to you and yours!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Greeting cards by the dozens!

Last month, I hosted an All Occasions Card Buffet class.  Participants could choose the cards they wanted to make, and boy, did we all stamp a lot of cards!  It was fun to see what everyone chose to make and which cards were the most popular.

Here is the collection of all ten cards!

This first card features the free Sale-a-bration set, "What I Love" stamp set.  It is a three step stamp that is much more beautiful in real life than in the brochure.  Inks used: Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry, Blushing Bride, and Mossy Meadow.  Card stock used: Blushing Bride, Blackberry Bliss, and Whisper White.
Here is another popular free Sale-a-bration set -- Flowering Fields -- along with matching Wildflower Fields DSP -- also a SAB freebie.  Inks used: Memento Black, Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive, Cameo Coral.  Card stock used: Hello Honey, Blackberry bliss, Lost Lagoon.  Those little candy dots give a nice little accent, as well as dazzling details applied to the flower petals for a little bit of sparkle.

This little punch art fox card, was a sweet little idea I saw on Pinterest.  I used different colors and a few different punches than what they used, but I got the idea from there.  You could make a girl fox with a flower in her hair, or a boy fox with no flower. :)  Punches used: Bird and branch, extra large oval, retired small oval, cupcake, 1 3/8 circle, festive flower, word window, scallop circle.  Card stock used: Heavy weight white, retired Baja Breeze, retired Gumball Green DSP, Cajun Craze, Whisper White.

I really love the Ronald McDonald stamp set this year -- Sprinkles of Life.  SU donates a percentage of each of these sets sold to the Ronald McDonald program.  They came up with a super cute set this year, I think.  You can make trees, baskets, clouds, ice cream, cupcakes, and more with this set and its matching tree builder punch.  These would be the perfect little birthday card for the little girl in your life.  That embossing folder used on the front of the card, is a new one in the Occasions catalog called Confetti textured embossing folder.  It has an un-embossed middle section -- perfect for stamping a message or an ice cream cone or cupcake in!  Easy peasy lemon squeezy.  I used some retired Regal Rose card stock, as well as Chocolate Chip and Whisper White.  The little cherry is from the cupcake punch.  We used a sponge dauber to add Regal Rose ink to the embossed area, to make the pattern pop.

This little Easter Lamb stamp is from the Occasions catalog.  I LOVE this cute little lamb!  Just could not resist getting this stamp!  Works perfectly for Easter, of course, but also for a baby card or birthday.  Just pure sweetness!  We stamped the lamb on Sahara Sand card stock, and cut it out using a die I ordered from Dave's Dies.  We then used the white gel pen to color in some of the "wool".  Card stock colors used: So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper white, Sahara Sand.  Ink colors: Memento Black, Blender pen and Old Olive and Strawberry Slush inks. Doesn't this card make you want to buy that little lamb stamp???!!!!  It just makes me smile!

Washi tape is all the rage these days, and I have collected a ton of it! but don't seem to use it up like I should, so I challenged myself to use washi tape on a card.  I got the idea for this card from Pinterest as well.  Simple, cute, and not hard to create.  The card base is Crisp Cantaloupe -- a retired color that matched this pack of retired washi tape.  Soft, spring colors.  The flowers were made using the Flower shop bundle.  We used the fun flower punch for the leaves -- simply punch the flower out of green and cut the petals apart for leaves.

I really wanted to feature this elk stamp from Wilderness Awaits stamp set, since Montana is elk country!  We used watercolor paper and the new water proof Basic Black ink and used Auqua painters and Soft Suede ink to color in the elk.  It's good to practice your watercoloring skills once in a while!  The card base is Crumb Cake stamped with the Hardwood background stamp.  LOVE that stamp and use it all the time!  So versatile.

Simple masculine card featuring the Map Background stamp, and The Open Sea stamp set.  We used the 2 1/2" circle punch to punch a bite out of the Island Indigo panel and stamped the ship on the white card base.  Some rhinestones colored blue with a Sharpie, and a bit of retired Island Indigo chevron ribbon.  Fun!

This stamp set -- World of Dreams -- hasn't seen ink as much as it should, so it was on my list to use. I think the little nest is perfect for a Mother's Day card -- with the little pearl eggs in it!  Colors used: Pool Party, Early Espresso, Pool Party glitter ribbon -- from the Occasions catalog.  The little flowers are from the Itty Bitty punch pack -- using the gold Wink of Stella pen to add gold to the centers of the flowers.

Last, but not least, the Rose Wonder bundle!  I made two versions of this card -- one simple and one with stamping the small flower in Soft Suede ink and colored in with the gold Wink of Stella pen.  Colors used: Basic Black, Tip Top Taupe, and Very Vanilla. I put the vanilla card stock through my Xyron before die cutting it, so you could just peel and stick the die cut to your card front.  Makes it so much easier to apply intricate die cuts.

Whew! if you've managed to read all the way to the end of this post, GOOD FOR YOU! :)  Remember that March is the last month for Sale-a-bration, so if there are freebies you have to have, get them now!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Sky is the Limit!

Sale-a-bration is in full swing, and one of my favorite limited time sets, is "The Sky is the Limit" -- it's that cute little set with the plane in it.  (In case you hadn't noticed, the SAB products from pages 16-19 are only available until Feb 15th -- this coming Monday, so if you have to have that little plane set, hop online and grab it before it's gone!)  There are three NEW Sale-a-bration products that will be available from Feb 16th - Mar 31st, so stayed tuned for more on that!

This is a simple card we did for our last club showcasing the World Traveler embossing folder and "The Sky is the Limit" stamp set.  We embossed the Marina Mist panel with the world traveler embossing folder, and then used a brayer to add Marina Mist ink to the panel -- ink only sticking where the embossed map images were -- brayered embossing technique.

I cut the plane propeller from vellum, using a die from the Flower Fair framelit dies.  I added a little silver brad to the center, and used that to attach it to the image.  Simple, really, but adds a lot to the card.  I also made this card into a Valentines Day card by adding the sentiment, "You send me soaring" and tiny little Cherry Cobbler hearts (using the owl punch) floating up into the sky.  Fun and easy!

Ok! That's it for today!  Happy almost Valentines Day!

Gorgeous Botanical Blooms!

I wasn't sure I was feeling the love for the  Botanical Blooms bundle when I first saw it in the Occasions catalog, but once I've started playing with this set, I've totally changed my mind.  First of all, for the price of $51.75, you get a pack of designer series paper, the Botanicals stamp set, and a large set of dies.  I was surprised when I saw this set in person, how many dies are included.  Made the price feel more justified.  Just sayin'!

The dimension of these flowers, is amazing.  The little petals are cut, so that you can curl up part of the petal while the other part is flat.  Unique.  I also love the leaf styles in this set.  The shapes are quite tropical -- and I can see that ferny leaf style working perfectly with a pine cone or Christmas ornament for a Christmas card.  By far, my favorite die in this set, is that little feathery flower stamen die that cuts that beautiful, delicate center for the flowers.  It is so pretty, and just makes me happy every time I look at it!  I also like the vine-like die that creates that cool edge on the right hand side.  Again, it's unique.  like nothing I've had before.  I recently posted a scrap layout here where I used this same die to create a scrap book border.

The sentiment on this card is from the Rose Wonder stamp set.  I like so many of the sentiments in this set, AND the fact that there is a stamp for the outside, as well as inside, of the card, made it a must have for me.

Card stock colors: Whisper White, Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss, Blushing Bride, and So Saffron.

 Have a beautiful Saturday, Everyone! and I hope you have a little time to play today!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Bloomin' Love is so elegant!

Another favorite product from the Occasions catalog, is the Bloomin' Love bundle.  That beautiful intricate heart die cut, is so beautiful in real life!  And there are two little flower dies that coordinate with the stamps in the stamp set, so you can die cut the little flowers to layer onto the heart die cut.  Here is a card we made at my last Stampers club class, as well as a scrap layout for my club this month.  LOVE this die set!  Perfect for wedding, Valentines, or even a family photo layout as I did here!

For this first card, I used a Crumb Cake card base, and embossed it with the Happy Heart embossing folder.  A 1" strip of the Blushing Bride glimmer paper, and a strip of DSP from the Love Blossoms DSP stack, makes a simple, yet striking base for the delicate heart.  I die cut the heart out of Whisper White, and stamped the flowers in Blushing Bride ink and die cut them to layer on top.  I also used my favorite new Clear Wink of Stella brush to add some sparkle to the heart. This stuff brushes on easily, dries quickly, and leaves behind a lovely little sparkly trail! 

 This layout is what we are making at our scrap club class next Friday.  I wanted to show case the Bloomin' Love bundle, since it is a February class, but also show how it can be used in a non-Valentine's way.  I kind of like the way it turned out, other than the fact that I glued the 'u' down backwards.  Oh well!
These were family photos that my friend, Gretchen Knuffke, took of our family last November.  I really loved how they turned out, and wanted to use them for this layout.  The base pages are Cherry Cobbler, with a strip of Basic Black at the bottom.  I used the border die from the new Botanical Blooms bundle to die cut that lovely vine border.  You could use the flower dies in the botanical die set, to do a flower/vine border and create a totally different look.  A little strip of DSP from the Timeless Elegance DSP across the bottom, with some croquet trim adds that little touch of vintage.  The photo mats are Sahara Sand, which for my layout, went nicely with the barn wood in the photos. Simple layout, really.  The hearts are die cut from Very Vanilla card stock, and I used the curvy corner trio punch to punch the corners of the photos.  This punch is a must have in my opinion.  It adds that special little touch to so many projects -- and you get three punching options in one punch!

Ok! that's it for today!  Off to watch my kiddo's basketball game!  If you haven't yet, check out the fun Sale-a-bration freebies, and remember, the ones at the back of the flyer are only available till Feb 16th, so get them while you can!  My personal fave of the ones that will be going away, is "The Sky is the Limit" set on page 16 with that darling plane in it.  This set is great for masculine cards, graduation, birthday, scrap titles, etc.  Super fun, versatile set.  See it on page 16 in the Sale-a-bration flyer

Rose Wonder creations

Happy Saturday morning!  :)  It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

I've been playing a bit with the Rose Wonder bundle from the Occasions catalog.  I was intrigued by the uniqueness of these dies, because they are an outline of the image die, rather than a solid die as we have had before.  Kind of a fun twist!  Here are some creations I've made with this bundle:

This first one, I die cut out of Whisper White card stock, and then used a sponge dauber to add Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, and Mossy Meadow ink to the die cut to create the color variations.  I then glued it down to my Crumb Cake card base.  I was also playing around with the gold Wink of Stella brush and got a wee bit carried away and got gold ink where I didn't mean to, as you can see in the second picture.  This Wink of Stella stuff, comes in clear and gold and is featured in the new Occasions catalog.  Knowing how much I adore all that sparkles, it was on my first order!  You just brush it on where you want some sparkle, it dries quickly, and leaves a lovely little gold or glittery trail behind it.  LOVE!!!  I colored the insides of the little Lost Lagoon flower petals in as well.  Fun stuff!

For this next card, I wanted to try a mosaic type of look -- I die cut it in black, glued that outline down, then die cut the rose part out of the new Blushing Bride Glimmer paper and the leaves out of Mossy Meadow and Pear Pizzaz card stock, and glued all the pieces back into the black die cut.  I found the easiest way to do this, was to put a little bit of Mono Multi glue into each space, then pick up the coordinating rose 'puzzle piece' and set it into it's slot.  I was going to do this card for the last club, but it is a wee bit tedious, so I changed my mind about that idea. :)  I might have had mutiny on my hands.....

For this final card, I used the die cut to create a stencil.  I die cut the rose/leaf image out of heavy weight Whisper White card stock, popped out the pieces, then used scotch tape to tape the die cut back into the piece I cut it from.  I then laid the stencil over the front card stock piece, and used a sponge dauber to add Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow ink over the stencil. 

 I think it's fun how much variety you can create with this bundle!  I hope you'll give these a try yourself. :)

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Delicate Ornaments Scrap layout

Happy Christmas Season, Everyone!  Wow, has it ever been a busy December for me!  But, now I am relaxing in warm San Antonio with family, and having a few minutes to breathe and relax.  Feels amazing!

We made this sweet layout at my last Scrap booking class, featuring the Elegant Ornament dies and matching stamp set.  You definitely need a little patience to cut these intricate babies out, but I think the result is totally worth it!  They are really beautiful dies!  Of course, one also need lots of glitter for a Christmas layout, so I used plenty of Silver Glimmer paper as accents.  Also featured in this layout, are the Sleigh Ride Edgelits (which are already sold out from the Holiday catalog).  They are by far one of my most favorite things from the Holiday catalog -- so many great ideas out there for using these.

Sorry for the poor quality of these photos -- these pages were much prettier in real life, but at least this gives you an idea.  I wanted to use the big ornaments to make a "tree" on the left hand page, and I loved how it turned out!  The little "star" on the top is little accent die from this set, meant to layer onto the big ornament, but also looks awesome as a star.

Ok! That's all for today!  May each of you have a beautiful Christmas with those you love!!!