Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Are you ready??

Check in on March 1st for another exciting edition of the Stylin' Stampin' Squad Blog Hop.   There are plenty of participants so you are guaranteed to get all kinds of inspiration.    Make sure to leave comments for the blog hop participants as we all need to feel the love and know we are appreciated.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

I'm obviously hooked on the Sweet Cake stamp set from the Occasions Mini. Here are two more cards using this set:

This card uses a melon mambo card base. The scallop framed oval was done in two parts. The center oval uses melon mambo DSP from the patterns pack and is framed with whisper white embossed with the polka dot embossing folder. A little bit of melon mambo ink was sponged on the embossed dots to make them pop a little. A tiny fork bow is made using the melon mambo scallop dots ribbon. The bling is brought out using the red glimmer paper and dazzling details for the icing.

This version uses rose red for a card base with a layer of rose red DSP from the patterns pack. Another layer of rose red and some whisper white frame the cupcake image. This was my first "successful" attempt at ruffling the rose red seam binding ribbon. I had tried this method before and gave up in frustration but this time it worked right from the get go for me. I love the look of the ruffled ribbon and will be doing it a lot more. Once again our bling is done using the red glimmer paper and the dazzling details.

These cards will be going to Ty's teachers. He helped by punching out the cherry and the heart for each card. I think I'm done with Valentine projects now. My poor hubby will probably get one of my projects for his card this year. I'm sure he won't mind. ;)

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Stamp Club #1 - February projects

With Valentine's Day coming up, I needed to show my Club ladies some love.   Here is the treat that I had for them on club night:

The Hershey nuggets were wrapped with regular copy paper stamped with Love from It's a Wrap Holidays in real read. I trim the regular paper to fit the nugget and then stamp. The regular paper wraps quite easily around the nugget. A piece of real red card stock behind the nuggets helps keep them in place and makes them show up a little better. The top note die was used to cut the retired Love Impressions Specialty DSP and makes a perfect topper for the cello bag. The final touch was the fork bow made with real red 5/8" satin ribbon.

Here are the projects we worked on:

This card is a CASE from Diary of Two Crafty Girls using the French Foliage stamp set. Check out their blog here

I love this blog and these ladies are a constant source of inspiration for me. My version is a little different as I do not have the Winter Post stamp set for the postage stamp. This card could be used for a Valentine card or for a wedding/anniversary card. The vintage feel is what really appealed to me. The cutter kit was used to rough up the edges of the naturals white layer. The french stamp uses early espresso and the water drops are done with crumb cake. Color spritz with early espresso adds even more of an aged look. The hearts are sponged with espresso as well. A trinket key would look so nice but I did not have enough for all of my club ladies so we used the key from the Artistic Etchings set and the phrase from You're a Gem.

This card uses some Occasions Mini goodies. I have posted other versions of this card before. The set used here is Sweet Cake and is so very versatile - it can be used for a Valentine card, birthday card or a thank you card. This time we used the vanilla scented embossing powder for the icing. My craft space sure smelled like a bake shop after eight ladies heat embossed their vanilla! The icing was coloured with a pretty in pink marker before embossing. We used a versa marker to apply the embossing powder where we wanted it. The embossed image has a shine to it after heating but we still added dazzling details to give it more bling. The layers were cut using the labels collection framelits. I am so hoping that we get more versions of the framelits in upcoming catalogues. The possibilities are endless!!

Our final card is a sympathy card using the Love & Sympathy stamp set:

I love the colours!! The card base is island indigo and the whisper white layer has a sponged area using pool party. The edges are sponged with island indigo. The image and phrase are stamped with island indigo as well. The basic pearl and whisper white 5/8" organza ribbon add a delicate touch to this card.

We recently started doing Club challenges. Our challenge for February was to come up with a male birthday card. This was definitely a challenge as I don't seem to have many masculine sets. In the end I had to resort to using a retired set called Plane & Simple in the same format as our sympathy card:

Note to self: invest in more masculine sets!!!

I hope you enjoyed our projects. Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Club #2 February Projects

It is so hard to believe that January is over!!   I usually find the winter months drag on but not this winter.   It's true what they say - time flies when you're having fun!   I hope you enjoyed the blog hop on Thursday.   Check in again next month to see what the Stylin' Stampin crew have been  up to.

Here are this months club projects for Club #2:

This card was inspired by a card on page 106 of the IBC.  The card base is naturals white layered with melon mambo and old olive.   The melon mambo is heat embossed with melon mambo embossing powder.   I love the look of the tone on tone.    The stamp set used is Just Believe and a smaller image from this set was heat embossed on whisper white using melon mambo embossing powder.  This image was then punched out using the small square punch and placed behind a beveled windowpane.   Old Olive taffeta ribbon is used to secure the windowpane.  The melon mambo layer is trimmed with the scalloped trim border punch.  Tiny basic pearls add a beautiful touch to the flowers.   I will be giving this card to a former coworker of mine as she is in my thoughts and prayers and I wanted a beautiful card to reflect that.

This card uses the rolling marble technique.  The colours used here are tempting turquoise, rich razzleberry and pumpkin pie.   The stamp sets are Pennant Parade and Bring on the Cake.   A rich razzleberry layer is trimmed using the scallop edge border punch and the pennants are punched out with the Petite Pennants Builder punch. 

I had posted this project in this week's blog hop.   It is a sour cream container filled with Hershey kisses.  The container uses real red and whisper white card stock.  The real red has a large heart punched out and is embossed with the Elegant Bouguet embossing folder.   The ends are sealed with sticky strip and crimped with the crimper.   The images are from PS I Love You (Occasions Mini/MDS) and Outlined Occasions (SAB).  Love is coloured in using real red and regal rose markers and pierced with the piercer and mat.  Real red and whisper white 1/8 taffeta ribbon attach the tags to the container.

Check in next week to see projects from Club #1.   Will there be more Valentines projects?   Hmmm ... stay tuned.   :)    Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, February 2, 2012

February Stylin' Stampin' Squad Blog Hop

Wow - we have a nice long list of blogs to visit during this blog hop!!  Welcome to my blog.   You may have arrived here from Dawn's blog.   Make sure to leave comments at all of the blogs you visit as we bloggers need to feel the love!! This months theme is Sale-a-bration or Valentines Day. Here are my projects.

This is my first project:

This Valentines wreath started with a flat decorative heart that I found at Dollarama. It actually had two smaller hearts hanging inside. I removed the two smaller hearts and I'm sure I will find some other use for them. The rosettes (or medallions) were made by scoring the brights and subtles pattern pack DSP on the Simply Scored. Some of the rosettes have a lovely border created by using the Pinking Hearts Border punch. The stamps used were from P.S. I Love You found in the Occasions Mini printed using My Digital Studio. I love this program for the ability to access such a variety of stamp sets and how easy it is to select the colour and size of the images you want to use. Check below for a list of product used here.

My second project:

This card meets the February colour challenge of perfect plum, blushing bride and sahara sand. It also fills the Sale-a-bration and Valentines categories. The colour combination is definitely out of my comfort zone so this challenge was just what I needed. The card base is perfect plum layered with sahara sand DSP from the patterns pack.  It is hard to see but the perfect plum card base has been scored on all four sides.   The image is from Outlined Occasions (SAB) stamped on whisper white and cut using the labels collection framelit.   This stamp set is perfect for paper piercing and you might be able to see where I pierced the central image.  The pleated blushing bride ribbon makes a beautiful frame for the framelit! The hearts are cut from blushing bride and perfect plum card stock using the new Fashionable Hearts embosslits die.

A little Valentine's Day project:

This little sour cream container uses the PS I Love you set (Occasions Mini) and the Outlined Occasions set (SAB). Just a little something full of kisses for Valentines Day!


Project #1

Stamps: P.S. I Love You (MDS)
Card stock: Real Red, Patterns Pack Brights and Subtles, Red Shimmer Paper
Ink: Basic Black, Real Red, Pretty in Pink
Embellishments: Designer Buttons, Real Red Ribbon, Pretty-in-Pink Ribbon
Tools: Big Heart Punch, Small Heart Punch, Modern Label Punch, Pinking Hearts Border Punch, Simply Scored,

Project #2

Stamps: Outlined Occasions (SAB)
Card stock: Perfect Plum, Patterns Pack Neutrals, Blushing Bride, Whisper White
Ink: Perfect Plum, Blushing Bride
Embellishments: Basic Pearls, Pleated Blushing Bride Ribbon
Tools: Big Shot, Labels Collection Framelits, Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die, ticket corner punch, paper piercer and mat, Simply Scored

Project #3

Stamps: Outlined Occasions (SAB), PS I Love You (Occasions Mini/MDS)
Card Stock: Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Regal Rose, Real Red
Embellishments: Real Red and Whisper White 1/8" taffeta ribbon
Tools: Large heart punch, crimper, 1 3/8 circle punch, designer label punch, crop-a-dile

I hope you are enjoying the blog hop. Please stop by Heather's blog next and don't forget to leave a comment. Thanks for stopping by.



Blog Hop Participants:
  1. Shellie G. of Creative Electica
  2. Annie L. of Love Me Cards
  3. Pam S. of Stampin' in the Sun!
  4. Nancy B. of Lady Stamps a Lot
  5. Anji C. of Altered Scraps Blog
  6. Rose C. of Stamp with Rose
  7. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
  8. Amanda H. of Live Laugh Craft
  9. Dawn S. of Dawn's Creative Chalet
  10. Patricia T. of Sunnyone Stampin'
  11. Heather W. of Heather's Stampin' Blog
  12. Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
  13. Linda O. of Stamp at Linda's
  14. Marla R. of Marla's Stampin' Spot
  15. Michele M. of Michele's Stampin' Blog
  16. Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place
  17. Pam S. of Sunny Girl Scraps
  18. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim