Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Goodbye to Many Christmas Sets

 The new catalog does not have holiday stamps in it.  So almost all the Christmas stamps have been retired.  If you are in love with any of the sets you have until May 30th to get them!  Otherwise, we will have to wait until the Holiday Mini Catalog that comes out in August :)

I created this card from a card Maureen created.  Simple. 

Stamp Set(s) - Open Sleigh (retired)
Card Stock - Naturals White, Midnight Muse, Gumball Green
Ink - Midnight Muse, Gumball Green
Accessories - Midnight Muse Satin Stitched Ribbon, Gumball Green Satin Stitched Ribbon, Linen Thread, Designer Vintage Faceted Buttons, Glue Dots

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Traveling Thank You

I CASEd this card from Kelly Ryan.  I plan on using a version of this for my Stamp-A-Stack this weekend.  I have to modify it some because Not Quite Navy is retiring and Stampin' Up! sold out of the cardstock before I could get my hands on some :(  We will miss you Not Quite Navy.

This is a great masculine card for Father's Day that is coming up or any of those birthdays for the men in our lives.  The only thing that I think needs a little explanation is the ribbon.  I used Ridinghood Red Taffeta ribbon that is retiring.  I put down a strip of Sticky Strip along the card and then worked my way across the card attaching the ribbon, bunching it as I go.  The flag and the three postage stamps are popped up with Dimensionals.  Enjoy!

Stamp Set(s) -
Card Stock - Itty Bitty Banners, Postage Due
Ink - Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake
Accessories - Postage Stamp Punch, Big Shot, Bitty Banner Framelits, Sponge Dauber, Sticky Strip, Ridinghood Red 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals, Whisper White Baker's Twine

Monday, May 20, 2013


At my Retirement Open House, I took the opportunity to show off the Builder brads one more time.  I just love them!  This flower is a super simple accessory to add to any card, scrapbook page, or gift.  You can even give it more life by using your bone folder to break down the fibers of the paper on each petal.

Card Stock - Bashful Blue, Regal Rose
Accessories - Designer Builder Brads, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Blossom Punch, Paper Piercer, Glue Dots

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Quintessential Card

I had a Open House to honor our Retiring Products.  This is one of the cards I demonstrated.  I will miss the Quint-Essential Flower stamp.  Who knew one stamp could be so versatile!  I popped up each of the flower layers with Dimensionals.  The leaves are the wings from the Bird Punch.

Stamp Set(s) - Quint-Essential Flower, Curly Cute
Card Stock - Not Quite Navy, Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, Summer Smooches DS
Ink - Not Quite Navy, Real Red
Accessories - Bird Builder Punch, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Brights Designer Buttons, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Butterflies in Poetry

This is a quick, elegant card to be used for any occasion.  You cant tell from this picture, but the first layer of Vanilla is stamped with the lines image from Creative Elements in Pink Pirouette.  It is meant to be very subtle background.  When I did this in my class, I just set out the Print Poetry Paper Pack and the ladies picked there own color combinations.  They all came out beautifully.

Stamp Set(s) - Nature's Pace, Creative Elements
Card Stock - Primrose Petals, Very Vanilla, Print Poetry DS Paper Pack
Ink - Primrose Petals, Pink Pirouette
Accessories - Bitty Butterfly Punch, Fancy Butterfly Punch, Primrose Petals Satin Stitched Ribbon, Dimensionals, Basic Pearls, Glue Dots

Monday, May 13, 2013

Double Slider Card Technique

This card is such a WOW and after you walk through it once or twice to get the hang of it, you will see how quick and easy it can be! Here is the front of the card.

When you pull the ribbon you expect something to pull out of the top but something comes out from the bottom too!  Hence the DOUBLE slider.

First prep the materials:  Cut a piece cardstock to 5-1/2” x 11”.  Then score it at 3-1/2”, 7”, and 10-1/2”.  Punch ½" circles as shown below.   Using any Square Punch, punch rectangles on the end section.  It doesn't have to be perfect because it will not be seen but make sure the rectangle is deeper that the half circle.  From this point forward I will be referring to the side with the half circle punches as the top and the other side the bottom.

 Cut approximately 1-1/2” x 10” strip of plastic from a shopping bag.

Cut 2 pieces of white or coordinating cardstock to 3-1/4" x 5".  Here I used Bravo Burgundy.  Then I layered it with Very Vanilla cut at 3" x 4-3/4".

Okay now we are ready to put the card together.  Tape the strip of plastic bag around end piece fitting loosely inside the rectangular cuts with Sticky Strip.

Slide the part you taped to the bottom and put a piece of Sticky Strip over it.

Line up one piece of the 3-1/4” x 5” cardstock that is going to pop out the top with the top edge of the card and then lay it down so that it adheres to the Stick Strip.

Turn the card over.  On the outside of the card, place a piece of Sticky Strip at the top of the plastic bag (this is the opposite side that you taped the first piece to).

Tape the other piece of the 3-1/2” x 5” cardstock to the plastic bag strip on the outside. Make it flush with the bottom of the card on the opposite side. Because I already had it layered and stamped, I put it face down with the stamping at the bottom so that you can see the images when this piece slides out the bottom.  Test to make sure the slider works by closing the card and pulling gently in the top piece.

If you do not want the cardstock to pull out the entire distance you can adhere it again to make it stop.  Flip the card so you are looking at the inside.  Pull the sections out a little further then you want them to.  Put a piece of Sticky Strip on the bottom piece right below the plastic bag.  Slowly push the sections back in.  The Sticky Strip will stick to the bag and act as a stopper.

Attach Sticky Strip to end tab portion of card base.

Fold the card close and attach the other end being careful to make sure the slider strips are on the inside of the tab.

Decorate the front of your card.

Punch a small hole in the slider you pull and tie a piece of ribbon through it for pulling.

Stamp Set(s) - You're Amazing, Creative Elements
Card Stock - Bravo Burgundy, Very Vanilla, First Edition DS
Ink - Bravo Burgundy, Baja Breeze, More Mustard
Accessories - 1" Circle Punch, Square Punch, Sticky Strip, Simply Scored, Linen Thread, Natural 7/16" Trim Ribbon, 1/16" Circle Punch, Dimensionals,

Friday, May 3, 2013

Wedding Card

My mom had a Wedding Shower last weekend and she asked me to make a card for her.  I immediately went to this design.  I just LOVE it!  The Bride's colors are gray, black, and white so that is what I used for the card.  I don't normally post (or make) cards with retired material but I did here.  You can really use this design with anything.  I have to admit that I am VERY sad that my Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit is retiring and that will be one of the very few retired items I will keep.

Some explanation.  The Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit is layered with the Full Heart Punch.  For the tux, I just punch a Full Heart out of Basic Black and then use scissors to cut out the middle.  For the white in the hearts I used the retired wedding designer paper but you could use regular white.  For the design you could just stamp any swirly stamp with Versamark and get the same effect.  If I had gray ribbon I would have used that for the grooms bow, but I didn't.  I did Demensional the bride because otherwise it would not have laid flat over the groom.

Stamp Set(s) - Loving Thoughts
Card Stock - Whisper White, Basic Gray, Basic Black, retired wedding DS
Ink - Basic Black
Accessories -Basic Pearls, Big Shot, Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit, Full Heart Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, ribbon