Saturday, June 30, 2012


Tonight we are invited to a birthday party for a young man of 51. I had seen this Cheers card made by Tami White and knew I had to try it. It will work perfect for Jim's birthday card.

Here are some of the measurements . . .
-the white part of the mug measures 3 x 3 3/4, round the bottom two corners
-the So Saffron strips measure 3 x 7/8, round the bottom corners on all three pieces
-sponge the mug white piece and the So Saffron pieces with So Saffron ink
-to make the handle use the 1 3/4 in. punch first and then go in a little further using the 2 1/2 in. punch
-the froth is made up of (3)-1 1/4" circles, (3)-1" circles, (1)-3/4" circle, and (3)-1/2" circles
-sponge So Saffron around all of the circles
-the card base is white
-used Soft Suede and ran it through the lattice embossing folder for the background
-used my cricut to cut out the words Cheers! using soft suede card stock
(there is a Cheers! stamp on pg. 36 in the Happy Hour stamp set)
Hope you enjoy taking a look.
I searched the Internet and found some funny card sayings so printed this off for the inside part of the card before making the card.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Clear Mount Cling Foam

Okay, so could you tell I was excited about the tag swaps? I've calmed down some, so today I want to share what I was going to share with you yesterday. I've been wanting to take a wheel apart and using the Clear Mount Cling Foam (pg 7) and make it into a stamp. I bought the Viola's lace wheel to give it a try. Here are a few pictures to help explain . . .

On the wheel, there is a seam where the image starts and stops. I cut at that seam and the rubber pulls off of the wheel very easily. The sticky stayed on the wheel so I didn't have to clean it off the rubber. I bought the "I" block that measures 5 7/8" long so that I could use it to stamp the new image. After trimming the rubber part the way I wanted (it was going to be too long to fit on the block, but it is long enough to cover the length of a 5 1/2" card) so I cut off about an inch of the rubber.
I cut a piece of the Clear Mount Cling Foam that would fit the rubber and peeled the paper off of the sticky side. I added the rubber to the sticky side and then trimmed any of the cling foam away that wasn't covered by the rubber.
I peeled the paper off of the other side which reveals the foam that will adhere to the clear block, just like any other clear stamp that you can buy.
I stuck it to the clear block.
Here is a card that I made. It is so easy to get the lace straight compared to if I wanted to wheel the lace on the card. It almost looks like real lace. I'm going to have to try and emboss the lace and see what that looks like. I also used the Papillon Potpourri butterfly, the Everything Eleanor flower designs, Trust God stamp set for the words, and the largest die cut from the Delicate Doilies Sizzlits L.
Maybe you will want to consider taking apart a wheel. I was very satisfied with how mine turned out. If you have any questions, just email me and I'd be glad to help you out.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Tag Swaps have arrived!

I have a card to share with you, but that will have to wait until tomorrow. I was so excited when the mail came yesterday. I had joined a tag swap back in April, I believe, with Laura Denison. We were to make eight tags (all the same) showing our rendition of Shabby Chic. You've seen my pull tag with the doily and blue, satin flower shown a couple times in my blog, but anyway, I received eight beautiful tags in return for my tags, in the mail. I have to show you them. I have no idea what I am going to do with them, but the detail on these guys are wonderful. If you have any suggestions, you can let me know. I want to display them somehow because there is so much inspiration and creativity involved that some very talented ladies put into making them. Let me know what you think . . .

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Flip Card

I enjoyed seeing the ladies in Ainsworth for stamp club last night. We made the Elements of Style card that we made at the Chambers stamp club last week and then a flip card. While in Burwell last Saturday, Loretta's shoebox card was a flip card. Thanks Loretta for the idea! I enjoyed making it so decided that would be the card to share with the Ainsworth group. I think they enjoyed seeing how easy the process went to get the flip part of the card.

Here are the two samples I made . . . I'm just loving the Trust God word stamp set. It seems like it is the only one I've used for words since I got the set.
The cutting of the Labels Collection edgelit is what makes the card. The Big Shot sandwich is the platform, a clear cutting plate, the card stock, the edgelit, and then the other clear cutting plate. The first photo shows how to just cut the larger portion of the edgelit. The clear cutting plate needs to be right on the 2 3/4 inch score line so only that part will cut and not the whole edgelit. Leave the edgelit attached to the card stock and switch the card stock around to cut the other smaller edge. Again, remember to line up the clear cutting plate at the 3 3/4 inch score line. Just email me and I can send you the complete instructions that I share with the stamp club, if you want.
Here are a few more photos to help you see what I've done.

You have the cut on the ends and not through the inch in the middle of the card.
Crease the left part of the card as a mountain fold (at the 2 3/4 in. score line) and then a valley fold (at the 3 3/4 in score line). The card will flip open and shut. Pretty cool!
I added a piece of white cardstock that was cut out using the same edgelit for the message on the inside of the card. It also hides the score lines.
These are so much fun to make. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Hello, Doily Slider Swap card

Hi everyone! It's been a busy couple of days. A while back I sent in my slider card to Sherrill Graff, another Stampin' Up demonstrator, for a chance to win merchandise in exchange for reproducing the slider card. My slider card did get chosen as one of the card swaps she is planning to use so in exchange for $150 of merchandise, I made 30 of the slider cards. I had to change the card a little since the April 18 post, when I entered the slider card as a swap with a different lady, because some of the products I used have since been discontinued or were not Stampin' Up products. So there is a little difference in the two slider cards. So for the past two days, I've been working every chance I can, to get the cards finished. Whew! I am done and they will go out in the mail tomorrow.

I have to thank Paige since she helped with the flowers and putting the ribbon pull on the top. I love my daughter. She's the best! Enjoy!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Stamp club in Burwell was a lot of fun on Saturday. It was nice to see some of the ladies that I haven't seen for a while. There was a lot of talent huddled in the one room. I'll share the cards we made that day tomorrow. For today, I took pictures of a mini scrapbook I made for a bridal shower that took place on Sunday. I think the bride-to-be enjoyed it. It would be fun someday to see it, all filled with pictures.

If you have any questions, just email me. Have a great day!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Everything Eleanor

Here's a card I spotted on the Internet and knew I had to try it. The hardest (most time consuming) part of this card is cutting out the flowers, but it is worth it. Have you checked out the Trust God stamp set. I just love all the sayings in this set.
I stamped the flowers using black Staz-on on Riding Hood Red cardstock. The swirl is in old olive and the design on the background in Basic Gray. The text is using black Staz-on ink. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Papillon Potpourri again

Can you tell I'm getting to spend a little more time in my craft area? I've actually been able to post daily this week. Here is another Papillon Potpourri card. Very basic, but so easy with the new Elegant butterfly punch. I used the Twitterpated Designer Series Paper (DSP) with baja breeze cardstock for the butterflies and the Trust God stamp set for the words. I stamped the butterflies using baja breeze ink. I added small pearls for the butterfly heads. I found that if I layed out my butterflies where I pretty much wanted them, stamped the antennas, and then glued the butterflies to fit the antennas was much easier than attaching the butterflies and then trying to stamp the antennas onto the butterflies. Just a little tip for the day. The antennas and the words are stamped in Basic Gray.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Field Flowers

This sample was CASEd from another demonstrator, Krista Fenton, Lake Placid, New York.  I switched the flower color to Cherry Cobbler. I created a mask out of a piece of transparency sheet by using the Label Collections framelits. This made it easy to line up inside the white piece that was cut from a size larger using the Label Collection framelits.
I used a sponge dauber and crumbcake ink for the shadow. Before removing the mask, stamp the stem in Always Artichoke and then the flowers from the Field Flowers stamp set. I did run the crumbcake marker around the outer edge of the cut piece so that it would pop a little more. I attached dimensionals to the back of the cut out piece so it would be raised off the base of the card. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Papillon Potpourri 2

Here's another sample using the Papillon Potpourri stamp set and the Elegant Butterfly punch. This set and coordinating punch are hard to beat. I also found this sample card in the catalog, but added the text onto the card base and spritzed around the edges. The Trust God stamp set was another purchase that came in my first order out of the new catalog. I stamped the words once using Crumbcake ink and then a couple more times randomly over the card. The card base is Crumbcake cardstock.
I stamped the same color of ink onto the matching cardstock for the butterflies.  I used Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, and Very Vanilla. Enjoy!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Papillon Potpourri

One of my first purchases from the new catalog was the Papillon Potpourri stamp set and the Elegant Butterfly punch. I have a soft spot for butterflies and this set is perfect. It would be wonderful if Stampin' Up would come out with a punch for the smaller butterfly too.
I found this sample card in the catalog. It's a great source for ideas. The colors I used from bottom to top are Baja Breeze, punched the Old Olive butterfly from the Twitterpated designer series paper (DSP), More Mustard, Cajun Craze, and Cherry Cobbler. I added a clear button with a touch of glitter and a linen thread bow through the button on the punched DSP butterfly. The scallop edge is using Baja Breeze cardstock. If you have any question, let me know. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Father's Day Card

Here is the other project the Chambers Stamp Club made the other night. The folding of the shirt was posted on this blog on Wednesday, May 30. Check it out for step-by-step directions with pictures.
The background was made by spraying the Crumbcake cardstock with a mist of water, crumbling the paper into a ball, and then somewhat flattening the cardstock back out so the peaks are still there. Taking the Early Espresso ink pad, you lightly rub the ink pad over the peaks so that the ink hits the peaks and not the whole cardstock. It leaves a pretty cool background. I didn't even have a "Happy Father's Day" stamp so I printed several different fonts and sizes so the ladies could pick out which ever one they liked.

If you have any questions, just email me. Enjoy!