Monday, May 11, 2009


One of my good friends asked me to help her design a graduation announcement for her daughter. The daughter wanted to use the stamp "Morning Soft" on her announecments. We decided it was best to try and use this on the front. We colored the stamp using Green Galore and Tempting Turquoise markers, then stamped it onto Shimmer White cardstock. The school colors are Tempting Turquoise and Real Red.
The information on the inside was printed onto Shimmer White and then cut on the Big Shot with the Top Note Die. The Top Note Die leaves a dashed line around the edge of the die cut. We used a Real Red marker to make the dashed line stand out more. The announcements came together fairly quickly, using one of her favorite wallet pictures on the front.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Fifth Avenue Floral

I got the stamp set "Fifth Avenue Floral" the other day. Oh my, there are so many great things you can do with it. I had to send a note to one of the other parents at my daughters school. I made this card and it seemed perfect for anything. I could have put "Happy Mother's Day" on it. Or "Thank You", "Thinking of You" even "Get Well". The possibilities are endless.
The base of the card is Riding Hood Red. To get such a nice soft even tear on the Tangerine Tango, I first wet it with an aqua painter. I cut the end of the Kiwi Kiss Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon with my paper snips. I punched a small hole in the cardstock before putting the brad through the ribbon. The background is stamped with versamark and one of the smaller flowers in the stamp set. The main image is embossed with White Embossing Powder and watercolored with Riding Hood Red and Tangerine Tango. The leaves behind the flower are cut out with a sizzlet on my Big Shot.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Teacher Appreciation Day

I have been adoring the cute flower pot cards on SCS for a few weeks now. I like the flower pot design, but I plant most of my flowers in planter boxes on my porch. I have also been wanting to try out the faux wood technique. What a great chance to combine the two. So here is my Wooden Flower Box card. The box itself was made with a piece of Close to Cocoa cardstock. I wasn't exactly sure how tall I wanted it, so I scored it every 1/2" and folded it where I thought it looked the best. I forgot to measure it before giving it away--sorry. The extra score lines worked out well, as they gave a plank grain look across the card. I created the wood grain by first dragging a Whisper White Craft pad across the cardstock. Then I dragged a Chocolate Chip Classic Pad on top of that. It did put some white on my chocolate pad, but nothing I can't get off with a few swipes of a paper towel. I do like this technique a lot and may get another chocolate chip pad just for this purpose.
I folded down the top of the box and used my Scallop Edge Punch. All of the flowers and leaves were made with Sizzlets and my Big Shot Die Cutting Machine. I ran a bit of snail adhesive across the insert piece and layered the leaves every which way. Leaves are Always Artichoke and Kiwi Kiss. The flowers are made from Tangerine Tango, Riding Hood Red and Pink Pirouette, then attached with dimensionals. There are some silver brads in the centers and I used a Black Stampin' Marker on the pink flower seeds.
Though they are not the instuctions I used for this card, here are some wonderful directions for make a flower pot card.
I wrote a message and had my daughter sign her name to the insert and give it to her teacher today. Thanks to all those teachers out there that put up with our children and make them smarter, more productive members of our society. I appreciate all you do for us.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Scrapbook in a Day

"Wow! That was easy." I said it and so can you. Make a 16 page (8 double page) 12x12 scrapbook in one afternoon. Choose your own Simply Scrappin' Kit from Stampin' Up! All you need to bring is a 12" paper cutter and some adhesive.

The class in on May 30 from 1:00-4:00 in my stamping home.

The class fee is $35.00 and includes your choice of a Simply Scrappin' Kit, background papers, and all written instructions. RSVP & fee due by May 18th

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Flip Flop Album

I have an upcoming class on May 23rd to make a Flip Flop Album. I made this sample one using the Jackpot Designer Paper, Very Vanilla cardstock and some 5/8" Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon. It will be perfect for the pictures from my upcoming getaway with hubby to Vegas or the silly photos of us with our friends on game night. The upcoming class will be using Bella Rose Designer Series Paper. RSVP by May 11th and have your choice of Designer Series Paper.

These make perfect gifts for everyone you know. You can leave it blank so they can put their own pictures in it or you can give it to a family member to show of your kids. With the selection of Designer Paper Stampin' Up! offers the possibilities are endless. The Flip Flop book will hold 9 (4x6) photos and has space left over for journaling or other small photos.
Class fee is $20 and includes all the materials to complete your album and the written instructions so you can do this project over and over. You will also have 6 sheets of Designer Series Paper left over for future projects. RSVP & Class fee is due by May 15th or May 11th to choose your Designer Series Paper.

Contact me for more details or to register for this class.