Saturday, January 31, 2015
Isn't this detailed butterfly beautiful? I was nervous about cutting it out because I had troubles with getting other detailed designs to come out easily. Well, I learned a new technique that makes this so easy.
1. Take 4 unscented dryer sheets and fold them in half. Now you have the thickness of 8 dryer sheets. Set them aside.
2. Place you thinlit die on the cardstock you want it cut from and roll it through the big shot back and forth 3 times. This will make sure the image is cut all the way through.
3. Now place this cut image which is still inside the thinlit on top of the folded dryer sheets. Run this stack through the big shot.
4. When it comes out the thinlit will easily lift off the dryer sheets and all the parts will be stuck to the sheets. Gently lift one corner of the butterfly off the dryer sheets.
5. You will be amazed to see that all the parts will still be stuck to the dryer sheet and the butterfly will be in one piece.
CAUTION: If you have well used cutting pads, make sure there is not warp to the pads. If there is then have the curved edge against the magnetic platform so that it looks like a smile. If you don't then the cutting pad may not get to the platform to make a clean cut.
Have fun and enjoy this way to have a successful and great looking butterfly.
Friday, January 30, 2015
I love the look of a monochromatic card don't you. This card, was made almost entirely with punches. The base of the wreath was a heart from the hearts framelit collection. Then 10 leaves from the build a bird punch were placed on the outside edge of the heart . Two birds were placed on the bottom facing each other. The final touch was a small heart punched out of gold glitter paper from the tiny heart on the owl building punch. Perfect for a wedding, anniversary of a Valentine for that special someone.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Does this card look like it might be hard to make? I know it did to me when I first saw it. But I figured out how to make it several easy steps.
1. Mark each side of a small square in half with a light pencil mark.
2. Place the heart punch so that one half is along the straight side and the pencil mark is in the middle of the punch.
3. Punch this out, flip it over, and continue doing the same on each of the other 3 sides.
4, When attaching this to the card base angle your square and all the pieces will fit in nicely.
I wonder if this same process would work with flowers. HMMM might have to try that later.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The was fun and fast and will be one of my swaps at the Leadership conference I am attending this week. Think of me in Orlando, Florida where it will NOT feel like winter.
Cardstock Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla, Smoky Slate
Punches, Hexagon punch, Heart punch form the Itty Bitty punch pack
Pink Pirouette ribbon
Hello Life stamp set
Fun to make, fun to give away.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Has it really been a week since I have posted. Sickness, 80th birthday for my hubby, Open House for the Occasions catalog, and a couple other classes have kept me occupied.
This card was one that was featured in my Fill Your cardbox with Love class. So simple. The hearts are punched from the Stacked with Love designer series paper stack. The saying is from the You Plus Me stamp set. Both items can be found in the Occasions Catalog. Now, who can I send this card to?
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Linda came over the other day and we had fun playing with some of the new items in the Occasions catalog. The mini treat bag was one of them. There are 12 pieces to this thinlit set. I chose some of the Best Year Ever designer paper from the Sale a Bration catalog. The bag was so easy to make. There are two thinlits to each bag and they go together easily. Check out this video to show you how easy it really is.
The other thing Linda and I played with was the Butterfly Framelit set. The butterflies that come out of the framelit are so gorgeous. As soon as that bundle is in my hands I will feature that set for a week. I thought the butterfly made a great addition to my bag for today. What would you put into a treat bag like this one?
Saturday, January 17, 2015
I love how the arrow punch makes the perfect little house when used with this stamp set. I have a friend that just moved into a house and I thought this card would be the perfect one to send as a congratulations. I got inspired to make this card by one I saw on Pinterest but I added a few touches to make it my own.
My sister Barb had an inspirational thought she shared with me the other day. I was telling her that I did not think of myself as being very creative. She said maybe I meant I was not very original, because looking at something for inspiration and then creating something different from that idea is very creative. So, if you don't think of yourself as creative maybe you too should rethink it with Barb's comment in mind.
Next week I am going to focus on the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits because there are so many things you can do with that set.
Friday, January 16, 2015
I have not taken the time to try a Challenge lately and decided maybe I would today. I went to a site I visit but have never tried their challenge. It is called Around the World Stampin'Up! challenge. People all around the world are encouraged to participate. This time the challenge was a sketch. Check it out.
When I start a challenge I do it in stages.
1. I first thought about what shape I wanted to use and since Valentine's Day is coming soon, I thought of a heart.
2. Then I had to decide which stamp to use in the set of the week. That one was obvious. The tiny heart that says love in the middle was the choice.
3. Then I had to figure out the banner and where and how to put that on the card.
4. The Fix It part came when I looked at the card with the pink background and realized it needed something else to fix it. That is when I decided to make the card base black and put the pink on top. That fixed it for me.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
What do you think of the simplicity of this card? It could be used for so many things. Valentine's Day of course, but also, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings or just a thinking about you card. Here is what I used to make this card. And by the way it took no more than 15 minutes to make.
Heart border punch annual catalog
Mini Heart punch from the Itty Bitty accents punch pack in the annual catalog
Love stamp from You Brighten My Day stamp set Sale a Bration catalog
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
What do you think of the star burst at the back of the card? I found a card similar to this one on Pinterest with a great tutorial on how to make the star burst. Check it out here. I checked out the rest of the blog Stamp with Amy K and really liked her style. Check it out and see what you think.
After I made the star burst, I stamped the light bulb image on Whisper White card stock, then punched out some larger circles. As a final touch I added a little Dazzling Diamonds. Glitter brightens any day.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
I love to send cards out to people to celebrate events in their life. This card is simple, but follows my template for a card. Card stock, ink and a punch or two. Here's what I used for this card.
Best Year Ever designer paper (can you tell I really like this DSP) Sale a Bration catalog
You Brighten My Life stamp set ( Sale a Bration catalog)
Tangerine Tango Baker's Twine
Whisper White card stock
Calypso Coral ink
What event would you help a friend celebrate with this card?
Monday, January 12, 2015
It has been so cold this past week. Brrr!!!! I have stayed inside most of the time except when I go work out. This morning I was in for a pleasant surprise when I opened the door. It had snowed in the night. so, I decided today I needed to make a card that showed how I felt when I saw the snow.
The set for this week is another set from the Sale a Bration catalog. I love how the house stamp can be punched out using the arrow punch. It made making this card fast and easy.
I looked through all my saying stamps and could not find one that said happy snow, or anything like that so, I went to my Alphabet Rotary stamp and created my own saying. I need to use this handy tool more often. What kind of a card would you make when you opened the door to snow?
Sunday, January 11, 2015
I try to make gift card sized thank you notes for any customer that orders from me. For those that order online I try to send them one in the mail. Here are a few that I made to send out this week to the people who ordered at the end of 2014. I had a hard time stopping it was so much fun and so easy.
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Do you like using designer paper in your cards as much as you see me use it? The paper that is in the Sale a Bration catalog this year has wonderful springy colors and great watercolor look designs. I wanted to find a way to showcase as many of the designs as I could in my card for today. Since we have oodles of circle punches I went at it. I also thought I could cut up the saying BEST DAY EVER to make it look a little bit different. What occasions can you think of to send this card to someone?
Friday, January 9, 2015
One of the great things about our catalogs is the art that is displayed along with the stamp set image. On page 3 of the Sale a Bration brochure is a picture of a card using this week's stamp set. I fixed it up a bit to make it my own.
1. I used the Scalloped Topper Tag punch instead of the Angled Tag Topper.
2. I mounted my card on Coastal Cabana card stock instead of making it a one layer card.
3. I used the Best Year Ever ribbon instead of Baker's Twine.
4, Finally, I used a Candy Dot in the center of the flower instead of a Vintage Faceted button.
If you don't like the look of a card you can do what I did and change a few parts of the card to make it your own.
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Stamps, punches and card stock with a little bit of ribbon make an easy but fun looking card. Sounds familiar. I'm calling this Throw Back Thursday because I used almost all the same ingredients to make this card as the card I made yesterday. Doesn't the background of this card look hard to make? Well, it is just a piece of designer paper from the Sale a Bration brochure. Here's what I used to make this card.......
2 1/2, 1 3/4 inch circle punches
Ribbon from the Best Year Ever Accessory pack
Saying from the Best Year Ever stamp
Heart punch from the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack
Best Year Ever designer series paper
Whisper White card stock
What would you make with the same ingredients that I used?
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
When you read those words, Best Day Ever, where do you think about being? For me it would be a forest somewhere in the Autumn with the sun shining and the wind blowing through my hair. This weeks stamp set Best Day Ever made me think of a forest adventure. So I went to the new Adventure Bound designer paper stack and found what I was looking for. This is a perfect example of how to make a card with just 3 things, Cardstock, designer paper and a saying.
Sale a Bration, my favorite time of year started yesterday. Why do I like it? For every $50 you spend you receive something for free. And best of all Sale a Bration coincides with the start of the new Occasions catalog. Check them out and let me know if you find something you would like. Don't have the catalogs yet, then let me know and I will see that you get one ASAP.
Saturday, January 3, 2015
A perfect card for using up your scraps. Can you see what punches were used to create the card?
Palate- Large Oval punch
Finger hold for palate- Word Window punch
Dots of color on palate-middle sized eyeball from Owl punch
Paint brush shaft- Word Window punch punched out two times
Top part of brush inserted into slot made by using the Word Window punch
Brush Bristle-Bird Builder wing
In case you did not realize it the colors used in this card are this year's in-colors. You are probably wondering who made this card and posted it on Pinterest. Well, Tami White did. She is one of the demonstrators for Stampin'Up! who has achieved $1,000,000 in lifetime sales. Wow is all I can say about that.
Friday, January 2, 2015
Someone hit a power line yesterday and the power was out for quite some time. So, I missed posting. When you look at the Work of Art stamp set do you see a boat? I sure didn't when I looked at it, but love this card that I found on Pinterest from www. lauriesstampinspot.com. What a creative idea! Great job Laurie!