Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Mixed Bunch Get Well

Hello Stamp Friends!

Sorry it's been a while since my last post. First I had to get cards done for a swap and then I had to make 3 projects for another stamp date.

Today, I would like to share the card that I made for the swap. I got the idea for this card from Jennifer Weide (Sunflower Stamper). I fell in love with her card when I saw it and thought I'd do my best to change it, but try to live up to the beauty of the origina card:) I chose to use In-Colors for the flowers and proceeded to stamp the boldest flower in the mixed bunch stamp set. I'm not sure what the problem was, but I couldn't get a clean image, even after sanding the block, etc. So I had to make it using the punch with the card stock. I was able to get a nice flower center, so I punched them out and added some pearls. It still looked a little plain to me, so I just used the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder to add some texture to the layer in the background. I got a lot of compliments on it, so that made me really happy.

Supplies Used-

Stamps: Mixed Bunch & Sincere Salutations

Paper: Blush Blossom, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Basic Gray & Whisper White

Ink: Blush Blossom, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder & VersaMark

Other: Big Shot & Bigz Frame, Oval Scallop die, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Whisper White 3/8” ribbon, Punches (Blossom & 1” circle), White EP & Stampin' Dimensionals©

Since making this card, I have exchanged the stamp set and would like to show you how my original card came out. I will be back tomorrow to share it.

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Thanks so much for coming by and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

You're My Type Valentine's Thank You

Good morning Stamp Friends!

Today I would like to share a card that I made last Friday for a Make & Take at our Demo meeting. I've been seeing so many gorgeous cards made with this set. After seeing Lisa Foster's card, I knew I wanted to make something using the First Edition Specialty DSP and I loved her idea using the Mini Library Clips and Jewelry Tag punch. I also love how the DSP was used to make it look like something was typed on the paper. I wanted to use red, so I decided to go with Cherry Cobbler and used the Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding ribbon. I also used the new Fashionable Hearts embossing folder from the Occasions mini catalog. Everyone loved the card.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: You're My Type
Paper: Cherry Cobber, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, & First Edition Specialty DSP
Ink: Cherry Cobbler & Black Stazon
Other: Fashionable Hearts Embosslits die, Jewelry Tag punch, Mini Library Clips, Cherry Cobbler Seam Biding ribbon & Stampin' Dimensionals©

Also, I wanted to share a photo of how I store my old style punches. My husband put up rails on the inside of the closet door for me to hang them on. Another way to maximize on space when you have a small room:)

If you look closely, you will see that I have a red dot on the punches that have retired. I do this so I won't accidently use retired items in workshops, demo swaps, etc.

Thanks so much for coming by today. I hope your day is great!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Inside my little stamp room:)

Hello Stamp Friends!

As promised, I finally have some photos of my stamp room to share with you. My room is very small, so it may appear that I'm a bit of a pack rat. In this first photo, you will see my main stamp/office area. I keep my catalogs on top of my desk on the pretty easel. To the left, I have my order forms and mini catalogs. I also have my Stack & Store Caddy with embellishments. On the right side, I have our little Chinese dwarf hamster. Yes, I keep him right on my desk. Since we got the family dog, the kids don't give the hamster as much attention as they used to. With him here, I make sure I feed him, change his bedding and even hold him. He's very sweet.

In the shelf below, I have some ribbon and all of my large, wood-mount stamp sets. On my desk, I have all of my office supplies and I keep a small basket with all of my acrylic blocks for my clear mount stamp sets. To me, it's all about keeping things close by. I'm easily distracted, so if I have to get up to get something...I often don't make it back right away to finish my project. Under my desk, I have my old catalogs in Paper Holders on the left side, I have 12 x 12 Scrapbook storage drawers that hold all of my 12 x 12 card stock and Designer Series Paper. On the right side, I have a plastic bin for recycling.

I took this photo as far away as I could, so you can see how close my new style punches are to me. I can easily get to them. Also, on the left hand side is my stamp pad holder. Well, it holds my ink pads, re-inkers, markers & ribbon. I only keep my currect ribbon here, so I won't accidently use retired items when I shouldn't.

Here's a closer photo of my desk. I even decorated it with the make & take I made at last year's Convention:)

In this photo, you can see how I store my card stock. I keep my current card stock in the top two drawers & my retired card stock in the bottom drawer (all in alpha order). I got my tags on eBay from a Demonstrator that makes them. I love them! They are done in the actual color of the card stock, making them easy to find. Under the table, I have two wrought iron carts that hold all of my wood-mount stamp sets.

Here's a close up of my card stock storage. Click to make photo bigger.

In this photo, you will see how I store my clear-mount stamp sets. They are kept in two drawers, in alpha order.

My craft room may be small, but it's my little place to escape:)

For more photos from my craft room, check out the "Storage" label on my right sidebar.

Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a terrific day!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

More Mixed Bunch cards

Hello Stamp Friends!

I shared this card on my blog on January 10th.

I liked the card, but felt it needed a layer to separate the DSP from the Whisper White card stock with the sentiment. So I decided to make another one. Well, I wound up making two and changed them a bit. I left the ribbon off. Not sure if that was the right move or not. What do you think?

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Mixed Bunch & Happiest Birthday Wishes
Paper: Island Indigo, Blushing Bride, Whisper White & Twitterpatted DSP
Ink: Baja Breeze, Island Indigo & Riding Hood Red
Other: Adorning Accents Edgelits dies, Punches (Blossom, 1" & 3/4" circle), Basic Rhinestones & Stampin' Dimensionals©

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Mixed Bunch & Happiest Birthday Wishes
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, Whisper White & Twitterpatted DSP
Ink: Blushing Bride, Riding Hood Red & Island Indigo
Other: Adorning Accents Edgelits dies, Punches (Blossom, 1" & 3/4" circle), Basic Rhinestones & Stampin' Dimensionals©

Thanks so much for coming by and I hope you have a great day!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Cards to share!

Hello Stamp Friends!

This past weekend, I went to a meeting hosted by my up-line, Kathy and I wanted to share the beautiful Make & Takes we made. Since she just got back from Leadership, her downline each brought a card for everyone to make. The last one was made by Kathy herself.

Becky F.

Britta W.

Linda M.

Kathy W.

I love them all! Aren't they gorgeous? I always have the best time going to meetings. There's nothing better than Stampin' with friends:)

If you have any questions about the products used, please don't hesitate to contact me! Don't forget to check out the Promotions page at the top of my blog. I know the Navigation Bar is a little ugly right now (as the titles are jammed together). I'm in the process of getting help with that, but they do work:)

Thanks for coming by and I hope your day is great!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Designer Cuts Anniversary Card

Hello Stamp Friends!

Today I made another card using the Designer Cuts cards from the new Occasions Mini. I made this one for my parents anniversary. I got the idea for the Basic Rhinestones from Monica Weaver's blog here. (Thanks for the inspiration, Monica!)

I chose to use Cherry Cobbler and when I stamped the sentiment the first time, it was right onto the card. It came out too light, so I used the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to try and make it darker, but I didn't realize that I got ink on the imaging sheet, which made a small smudge on the card. Darn it!!!! LOL! So I decided to cover it up with the Modern Label punch using Cherry Cobbler card stock and then stamped the sentiment again on Very Vanilla card stock. I punched it out with the Word Window punch and you can't even tell that a mistake was made. I love the way this turned out:)

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Designer Cuts cards, Cherry Cobbler  & Very Vanilla
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Other: Punches (Modern Label & Word Window) Fashionable Hearts Embosslits die, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding ribbon, Trinket Key, Basic Rhinestones

Thanks for coming by and have a great day!