Monday, June 30, 2008

Glittery folds

This is another card from this weekend's stamp camp. This cosmos glitter was VERY well recieved for it's super-shinyness. Not unsurprisingly, I learned something from a stamper. I think that I was trying to be understated with the glitter because in this dark color, when I had too much, I really didn't like it.

You'll notice that in most shots, the tiny dots on the top layer of the stamped portion don't have glitter - well, at the end, all my samples had to have it added because it looked so much better with it!

In the above photo, you can see the tone-on-tone Paisley background stamp was used for some additional texture.

The little "swing arm" piece that keeps the front flaps closed is from the copper Hodgepodge Hardware set that's retiring at the end of the catalog year. So if you're wanting some great copper-finished hardware get it while you can.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Die-cut blooms and Summer Picnic

I bought the Die-Cut Blooms from Stampin' Up! at the start of the current mini-catalog period. I ONLY bought them because I got to try them somewhere else. I love Stampin' Up! and typically think their print marketing is wonderful; but not in this case. They showed the sheets in black and white, with only tiny color blocks below. In reality, they're on fabulous textured cardstock and pop out so easily. When we made these cards at this weekend's stamp camps, my stampers were delighted with how easy and fast the cards came together because of the blooms.

I'm also using the current "Styled Silver" Hodgepodge Hardware - it expires on Monday! This is really pretty stuff and adds a touch of bling to anything!

The designer papers are from the Summer Picnic paper pack (also expires on Monday). I love the bright colors and cute patterns in this paper.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Summer Color Fun

I know! I've been missing. We installed hardwood, and I've been doing a lot of design work and just haven't been able to make time to stamp -- I know, that's baaaad. But here are a couple cards I've squeezed out over several days of sneaking away to my rubber room.

Have you ever looked at a set and thought, "I guess it's cute, but what would I DO with it?" This hostess set from Stampin' Up!'s current catalog made me think that. But then I thought about that I'd earned the set A Little Bit of Happiness, and before it retired, I should at least use it!

I love my Stampin' Up! markers and one of my favorite TV watching activities is to stamp out some images and then see where they take me. Before I started coloring, I took out my Summer Picnic designer paper to pick my colors. And these cards are two that I've managed to finish in amidst my VERY busy life that has been happening lately. I know I've been busy because this post was drafted on the 10th, and I'm just now getting to writing the text!

The "thread" on these buttons is actually made of very thin strips of paper cut on my SU! Tabletop Paper Cutter (another crafting item that I really love and consider essential). I got that tip from Spazzgirl. It looks very realistic and is easier to deal with than thread. They're tacked down on mini glue dots.

Crystal Effects with white gel pen over top after it dried gives it an extra little pop of color and shine. Easy, cheap, and fabulous.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Birthday rounds

This was my mother-in-law's birthday card (hi, Nita!).

It uses the large Carousel Notes (p. 7 of the current Occasions Mini Catalog) as a base and the Friendly Flowers stamp set, also in the mini catalog through this month only! I used my coluzzle to cut the folded blue piece on the front and punched many, many circles with my 1/8" circle punch.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Peppy/Preppy? father's day card

This was a quickie card with scraps that I had out on the table. Not too much to say about it other than that I think it's fun and bright. I really like the criss-cross of the overlapping ribbons, too.

The stamp is from the set All Holidays, and both designer papers are Stampin' Up! products. The stripes are from Summer Picnic (current for just a little while longer) and the polka dot paper is from ... hmmm ... ahhh -- I don't remember! If you really need to know, email me and I'll get out the catalogs and look back. Whoops!