Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Merry Christmas to ME!!

Well, sort of.  I'm a registered nurse in real life.  Sometimes the census (number of patients on the unit) is low and someone gets to be called off.  My phone rang this morning at around 5 a.m. and it was the charge nurse from night shift:  "Jen?  Hope I didn't wake up your family.  I have to call someone off for 8 hours . . . "  Before she could even finish, I sleepily exclaimed, "I'll take it!"  Now, usually, you get called and they say they need to call someone off for four hours.  Kinda nice if you want to sleep in, but kinda sucks 'cause then you have to wait around til about 9 a.m. to find out whether or not you get the WHOLE day off.  So getting the whole eight right off the bat is SA-WEETTT!!

So, after I caught a few more winks of beauty sleep (I know, keep trying, right? ;) ) I got up, started in on the laundry, and started thinking about the swap I have coming up at my upline's next meeting in September.  I knew I wanted to use the new silver Glimmer paper & Bright Hopes stamp set from the upcoming holiday mini (speaking of which, it starts September 1st - have you requested your copy from me yet?!)  The original idea I came up with was this:

It's okay, but I was kinda "Meh".  I did the same design using silver embossing powder mixed with iridescent ice to pick up the sparkle in the glimmer paper, but all that did was fade out the stamped images.  Plus my hubby thought it was too much blue.  And I still wasn't really happy with it.  So I put everything away for a while and kept pondering.  I knew I was going to come up short on this designer paper from the Letters to Santa DSP pack since I'd already used a couple of pieces experimenting with the first card and I REALLY don't want to put another order in right now :)  (Well, I can always find a way to justify ordering more Stampin' Up! stuff, but I'm TRYING to be good lol)

So, I went through my stash to see what I had the most color of on hand in my cardstock drawers.  I have a lot of Early Espresso and Cherry Cobbler left over from some past projects, and the plaid in this DSP coordinates with EE and Real Red, so the Cherry Cobbler might kind of work, I thought.  I also needed to find a way to use what I had left of the plaid DSP to make 13 swap cards.  Here's what I finally came up with:

I embossed the wreath image from Bright Hopes in white on Old Olive and punched it out with the scallop circle punch and layered it on the silver glimmer paper punched out with the 2 1/2" circle punch.  I used Cherry Cobbler for the bottom panel, stamped the snowflake image from Bright Hopes randomly all over it and punched the edge with the scallop trim border punch.  The plaid DSP from Letters to Santa is pieced on top, then I used Whisper White satin ribbon to cover the seam and add some interest.  I cut a small banner from Whisper White textured cardstock and stamped the sentiment from Bright Hopes in Old Olive.  Finally, I added a little bling with Rhinestone embellishments and layered the whole piece onto Early Espresso to pick up the EE in the plaid.

Don't forget, you only have until August 31 to take advantage of the Buy 3, Get 1 Free DSP event!  Great buy on our beautiful designer paper.

Also, don't forget, I have Christmas Stamp-a-Stack coming up in October!  Check the "Events" tab on my Stampin' Up! website to sign up.  I promise a fun time while you make 20 beautiful, hand-stamped Christmas cards for only $20!

Happy stamping!


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Four Frames Four Card Suite

FINALLY got my set of "Four Frames" that coordinates with the Decorative Label punch!  This set is SOOO cute.  I used stamps from "Teeny Tiny Wishes" to fill in the frames & went from there.

Going clockwise from the top, I used the Hello Doily stamp with white embossing powder again and added just a few pearls.  I wanted to keep that simple since it's a sympathy card.  I rounded the corners with a punch to soften it.

Next, I made a Thinking of You card using paper from the Paisley Petals suite and punched up some interest (get it, "punched up" - okay, you can groan) with my scallop border punch, and added just a little bling with some Rhinestone embellishments.

The third card is a baby card suitable for a boy.  I stamped and cut out some images from Every Little Bit, used some DSP from Nautical Expedition (which is retiring from the summer mini August 31, so order now if you want this paper!!), trimmed it with Night of Navy grosgrain ribbon, and added a few Rhinestones.

Last, I used my Lace Ribbon Border punch to punch a strip from Whisper White cardstock and layered it under the flip side of the Paisley Petals paper used in card two and covered the seam with some more Night of Navy grosgrain.  I painted Paper Daisies with White Shimmer paint, put a teeny tiny pearl embellishment in the center of each flower, and one in the center of the rose on the stamped label.

I used Night of Navy cardstock and Night of Navy classic ink for all four cards, and each one took me about 15 minutes to make!

If you'd like to set up a workshop with some friends to make these four pretty cards, contact me!  I'd be glad to stamp with you!

Happy stamping!


Clean & Simple Hello Doily Greetings

 CASEd this design from Danielle George, my 5th level upline, who CASEd it from someone else :)  I just LOVE the Flirtatious Suite, which includes this large "Hello Doily" stamp.  These two cards were made by stamping the image with white Craft ink.  Then I used white embossing powder & heat set the image.  I really like how it makes the doily image look almost 3D.  As you can see, by simply changing the stamp on the Decorative Label punch out, you can make this card perfect for almost any occasion!  I used Old Olive classic ink for the sentiment and sponged the edges of the punched label to add some dimension.  The cardstock is one of the new 2011-13 In Colors, Lucky Limeade.  To pick up the texture of the doily, I used Whisper White textured cardstock for the label.  Finally, I added just a little bling by placing just one Rhinestone embellishment in the center of the doily!  Making these two cards took me LESS THAN HALF AN HOUR TOTAL!  "Clean and Simple", people!!  :)

If you'd like to learn heat embossing or any of the other clean and simple techniques used on this card at a class or workshop, contact me!  I'd love to stamp with you!

Happy stamping!


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Punchy Heat Embossed Island Flowers

Sahara Sand, Calypso Coral, Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight . . . add a little Early Espresso ink on Versamark with Iridescent Ice embossing powder, some Pearl embellishments . . . and voila!  Sorta beachy, no?  Alright, I know - the title could have been better :)  That's the best you get out of me after a week of night shift!

Happy stamping!


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Hello Doily + Delicate Doilies + Perfectly Penned = CASEing Lyssa Zwolanek

I love looking at other people's blogs.  One of my favorites is Lyssa Zwolanek's Song of My Heart Stampers.  I've never met Lyssa in person, but she's a real artist and a Stampin' Up! leader.  She made Founder's Circle at Convention this summer, which is one of the highest honors in Stampin' Up!  Being a newbie, I'm not exactly sure what it entails, but I do know it's a HUGE deal.  Lyssa recently shared some absolutely gorgeous thank you cards that she created for some very special Stampin' Up! folks, one of them being Shelli Gardner, Stampin' Up! founder.  You can see Lyssa's cards here:  Lyssa Zwolanek's Three Perfectly Penned Thank Yous

Lyssa gave me permission to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) her work, so this is my attempt at recreating her beautiful cards.  Lyssa also posts often on Split Coast Stampers, answering questions and giving great advice to all of us Stampin' Up! demos.  I hope to attend Convention next summer and meet Lyssa in person!

Happy stamping!


Card recipe:
stamp sets - Hello Doily, Delicate Doilies, Perfectly Penned; cardstock - Very Vanilla, Basic Black; accessories - Basic Black craft ink, Basic Black Stampin' Write marker, spritzer tool, Champagne Shimmer Paint, Paper Daisies, Rhinestone embellishments, Basic Black satin ribbon, Sticky Strip

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Stampin' Up! Pastel Rainbow

Remember Sage Shadow Fancy from a couple of weeks ago?  My friend Vanessa sure did.  She liked it so much she asked me to make her a set of six thank you notecards using the same basic design.  I had SO much fun picking the colors for these cards!  It's like a little rainbow of butterflies . . . Blushing Bride, Peach Parfait, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Pool Party, and Wisteria Wonder.  I embossed the "Thanks" sentiment using a stamp from a retired set (So Happy for You) in Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder, punched out the tiny florets using a punch from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack, and highlighted the centers with Pearl Embellishments.  The frame of the die cut was sponged with the coordinating inks, and finally, I brushed a new Stampin' Up! product called "Dazzling Details" that will be coming out in the Holiday Mini on September 1st over the florets and the butterfly for just a little glimmer.  YOU WILL LOVE DAZZLING DETAILS, PEOPLE!!  Be sure to get on my mailing list for your copy of the Holiday Mini!  It's to swoon for :)

Happy stamping!!


Friday, August 5, 2011

Breakfast at Tiffany's

I always thought that was a strange movie.  It took me a couple of viewings to figure out that Holly Golightly was . . . um . . . kind of a "light woman", shall we say?  I'd like to think it had a happy ending, her and the soaking wet cat & Paul, all snuggly in the taxi.  Hopefully she found whatever it was she was really looking for.

Anyway, I DO love Tiffany's.  Especially their pretty little boxes.  Has to be about the BEST shade of blue EVER!!  I actually HAVE two of those boxes in my possession, courtesy of a very dear friend, Patrick, who passed away suddenly last October.  He very generously gave out those beautiful little baubles to many of his women friends, sometimes even slyly gifting them to our husbands around Valentine's Day and letting them get all the credit :)  One is a Paloma Picasso double heart necklace (hence said Valentine's Day story) and the other is a Tiffany tag pendant that I had long admired in the catalog.  He was like the BIG brother I never had, my "fourth brother", along with my own three brothers . . . and his heart was as big as he was, all 6'5" and 350 pounds of him.  Every girl should have a brother-buddy like that.  And just in case anyone thinks that's a little weird, no.  He was my husband's best friend, too.  No funny stuff.  We miss him every day.  And that's definitely not funny.

So, thinking about Patrick and Tiffany's was the inspiration for this card.  Stampin' Up! has a new set of In Colors for the next two years, and when I got my sample pack in July, both my daughter and I immediately hollered, "Tiffany Blue!!" when we saw Pool Party.  Hope you enjoy this yummy, lacy card :)

Happy stamping!


Card recipe:
Pool Party smooth and Whisper White textured cardstock; various Stampin' Up! punches; Teeny Tiny Wishes & Bliss stamp sets; Rhinestone embellishment