Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Quick bunch of cards with info to follow...

I have been really busy lately making cards and gifts but have not had a chance to post them. And it looks like my son is going to be an early teether like his sister was (first tooth at 3 mos!) he's been pretty cranky lately because he seems to be working on cutting a canine....as a nursing mommy I have to say I'm not too keen on his choice of first teeth!! Since it doesn't look like things are going to let up any time soon I figured I should at least share a little eye-candy with you and hopefully I can fill in the details later. Enjoy!

This first card was made for a little cousin's 10th b-day, I LOVE making kids cards, their so much fun!!
This is the card I made for my Aunt and Uncle's 60th b-day. They both love the sea and go there every summer so their kids threw them a beach themed party.

This is the father's day card I made for my owl-loving husband, it's actually a big card at 8.5x5.5in.
My husband really wanted his own copy of this photo for work so I thought I would scrap it up a bit for him. This card was made using some of my daughters art, of course I could not convince her to use any other color than purple so I had to get creative with the colour scheme to make it more masculine. This card I made for my Papa, I know it's an odd combitnation but, we always had daxies (wiener dogs) growing up and my dad has really gotten into wine making lately! Cards don't always have to make sense do they? I guess I was in a bit of an odd mood making this one for my father inlaw...I just had to use that adorable raccoon!! And finally...the reason I so desperately need a door on my craft room.... Apparently rolls of ribbon are far too tempting to a three year old!!! I was just glad to have recently removed my retiring ribbons from the bar!
Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Not Your Typical Cards

I generally always make 4.25x5.5 inch cards either vertical or horizontal simply because you can get 2 out of an 8.5x11 inch piece of cardstock and of course they fit the SU! envies perfectly but, every once in a while it's fun to step out and try something different. Here are a couple of my recent experiments:

This first one is called a Tri-Shutter card and it really intrigued me when I spotted a similar one on Split Coast Stampers. I searched around until I found a tutorial for it and I was pleasantly surprised to find out just how easy it was to make! (Tutorial Here) I had to adjust the measurements a little for my card as I had already made the tree on the front panel and did not want to have to cut it down. I also chose to use our great 'To the Nines" specialty paper instead of plain cardstock so I did not have to do much additional decorating.

The front image was done by brayering yellows and oranges on glossy cardstock then stamping the tree and such in chocolate chip ink. To get the moon/sun I simply made a mask by punching a circle out of a sticky note and then brayered right over it. I also chose to add a little more depth around the edges by sponging on some chocolate chip ink.



Ha! I just noticed that my daughter plunked her water glass in the shot right before I took this pic! But,I guess if I really wanted professional looking pics I would invest in some sort of a light tent or something! Anyhow, here are the deets:

{Recipe}
Stamps:
Branch Out, Full of Life,
Paper: To the Nines Specialty DSP, chocolate chip, very vanilla, sahara sand, Glossy White
Inks:
Chocolate chip, Always Artichoke, Creamy Caramel, Barely Banana, So Saffron, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Ruby Red
Tools & Acc.: Brayer, full heart punch, 1-1/4 circle punch, scallop edge punch, wide oval punch, ticket corner punch, chocolate chip cord buttons, linen thread, glue dots, Tombo multi, stampin sponges


This last card was loads of fun to do, I have long been an admirer of punch art but, only rarely tried it myself. Punch art is a great thing to do when you need a certain image for your card that you don't have a rubber stamp for. I needed a Bday card for my daughter's dragon loving little friend but, I didn't have an even remotely dragonish stamp. The hinged egg card was inspired by the many many hinged cards that came out on SCS around easter of this year. I created the punched dragon after looking at piles of different punched animals again on SCS. If you ever want to figure out how to make a certain object or character with punches I highly suggest doing a search of the SCS galleries for “punch art” + “animal/object desired”. There are some uber talented punch artists out there, and it's a great source for inspiration!


{Recipe}

Stamps: None!
Paper: Tempting turquoise, lovely lilac, pixie pink, gable green, green galore, wild wasabi (retired-shhh!), whisper white, basic black
Inks:
same as papers for sponging + Basic Black Marker
Tools & Acc.: Sponges, craft knife, rhinestone brad, Colluzle (also retired) Punches: literally every circle and oval SU! makes, small star, five petal flower.

Wow it took me 4 days to create this post because my little fellah is teething (already!!) and I could not get more than a couple minutes at a time to work on this. I guess in the future if you see a post that only has a pic. you'll know that I had another crazy week and I will add details as I can!!

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

A Couple of Forgotten Cards...

I was really worried that I might not have anything to share with you this week. I finally found my camera, which has been MIA for almost a month, but was pretty upset when I discovered that the ten or so photos of recent projects were corrupted and unusable! Unfortunately all of these projects had been given away as gifts too so tracking down new photos was not going to be an easy task!

Since I could not post what I had planned to I went pouring through my old project photos and found 2 cards that I never got around to sharing (occasionally procrastination pays off!) So here they are:


This first one was really fun to make, I actually made it for my chiropractor to thank him for being such a good sport with my daughter (she freaked out and went into total hysterics when she saw a skeleton in a corner of the room). I forgot to share this project because he never did get the
card, on the way to his office Gabby's water bottle sprung a leak and completely drenched it! Oh well...it's the thought?
I used the Just Jawing stamp set that I earned free during a promotion this fall. It's a really fun and trendy set. I just wish I had more chances to use it!...Hmmm... I have a couple of teen cousins with B-days coming up...It just might get inked again soon!
{Recipe}
Stamps:
Just Jawing, Classic stripes
Paper: Kraft, Whisper White, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss
Inks:
Basic black, VersaMark, Encore Silver, basic grey marker
Tools & Acc.:
Top Note die, small star punch, Tombow adhesive, Chunky Essentials silver glitter. Pacific Point Striped GG ribbon.

This next card was the first one I made when I got my Beautiful Butterflies die (I love it!!). The Butterflies are the perfect size for cards or scrapbook pages, and they layer beautifully. I pulled the colour combo directly from the Urban Garden DSP (Retiring{sigh}) and the layout was based on an old sketch challenge from SCS . I hummed and hawed for a long time about what I could use for the butterflies body and in the end I settled on pleating some satin Kiwi Kiss ribbon (using sticky strip) and adding a clear rhinestone brad for the head.
{Recipe}
Stamps:

Paper: Baja Breeze, Not quite navy, Kiwi Kiss, Taste of textiles vellum & Urban Garden DSP
Inks:
Baja Breeze & Not Quite Navy
Tools & Acc.:
Beautiful Butterflies die, Cosmo fine glitter. kiwi kiss satin ribbon, clear rhinestone brad, sticky strip.

That's it for tonight. The lady in brown is supposed to be delivering my new catalogue and preview goodies tomorrow, so hopefully I will have something cool to share then. {Eeek!} I can hardly wait!!!

-Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Last Chance Stamps List









It's time to say goodbye. Stampin' Up! released the Last Chance Stamps list yesterday. On June 30th we will be saying farewell to a few old faves as well as some fairly recent releases so make sure to take a look and send me your order before the end of the month.

Stamp Sets - Alphabetical
Stamp Sets - Numerical
D├ęcor Elements

{My Special Offer}
I will be having a draw for one of the retiring Hostess sets at the end of the month. You will receive one entry for every stamp set ordered from the Last Chance List this month!! So good luck and have fun shopping!

Last Chance Accessories List

Stampin' Up! released the Last Chance Accessories list yesterday and many items are up to 50% off! Items are only available while supplies last, so if there is something you would like order now!

I waited a couple of hours on placing my order and missed out on my one 'have to have it' item {SOBB!!} So don't do like me! If there are some items here you absolutely must have, please place an online order through my SU! website ASAP to guarantee you don't miss out.

If you're feeling lucky and would like to save on shipping you can send me your order by e-mail (nlt@shaw.ca) and I will submit orders everytime I have enough to make up the minimum shipping amount, and keep you posted!

Item # Product Description
CAN Discount Sale Price Availability
112735 RUB ONS HIDDEN GARDEN BLOSSOMS 12.95 0.5 6.48 Available
105143 DAYS TO REMEMBER 6X6 FR (calendar)
11.75 0.5 5.88 Available
113888 RUB ONS MANY OCCASIONS 12.95 0.5 6.48 Available
109044 PUNCH SNOW BLOSSOM 13.75 0.5 6.88 Available
111364 RIBBON POLY TWILL SO SAFFRON 7/8" 11.25 0.5 5.63 Available
106961 STAZON REFILL WHITE 6.25 0.5 3.13 Available
114341 COURDUROY BUTTONS PACIFIC POINT 12.75 0.5 6.38 Available
114316 RIBBON ORIGINALS PIG TAILS 18.95 0.5 9.48 Available
111414 RUB ONS HIDDEN GARDEN 12.95 0.5 6.48 Available
114351 DESIGNER HARDWARE HOORAY 6.25 0.5 3.13 Available
114338 COURDUROY BUTTONS KIWI KISS 12.75 0.5 6.38 Available
114019 ACCENTS & ELEMENTS FLEURETTES 13.95 0.5 6.98 Available
114317 RIBBON ORIGINALS DRESS UP 17.5 0.5 8.75 Available
102875 HEMP TWINE RED 3.95 0.5 1.98 Available
101259 HEMP TWINE BLACK 3.95 0.5 1.98 Available
113979 ACCENTS & ELEMENTS CANVAS CUTS 11.25 0.5 5.63 Available
114350 DESIGNER HARDWARE SOHO 6.25 0.5 3.13 Available
111363 RIBBON GROSGRAIN PINK PIROUETTE 1 1/4" 9.95 0.25 7.46 Available
111365 RIBBON TAFFETA RIDING HOOD RED 8.95 0.25 6.71 Available
111847 RIBBON DOUBLE STITICHED BAJA BREEZE 1" 11.25 0.25 8.44 Available
111371 RIBBON GROSGRAIN STRIPED TANGERINE TANGO 5/8" 12.25 0.25 9.19 Available
111373 RIBBON GROSGRAIN STRIPED PINK PIROUETTE 5/8" 12.25 0.25 9.19 Available
111372 RIBBON GROSGRIAN STRIPED KIWI KISS 5/8" 12.25 0.25 9.19 Available
113884 RUB ONS FASHION DISTRICT 12.95 0.25 9.71 Available
114318 RIBBON ORIGINALS VALET 17.5 0.25 13.13 Available
111374 RIBBON GROSGRAIN STRIPED RIDING HOOD RED 5/8" 12.25 0.25 9.18 Available
111370 RIBBON GROSGRAIN STRIPED PACIFIC POINT 5/8" 12.25 0.25 9.18 Available
111415 RUB ONS GREATEST MOMENTS 12.95 0.25 9.71 Available
113887 RUB ONS BRIGHT DELIGHTS 13.95 0.25 10.46 Available
111416 RUB ONS CHATEAU BELLA 12.95 0.25 9.71 Available
111338 NOTES TEXTURED LOVE ASSORTMENT II 15.5 0.25 11.63 Available
111879 RIBBON SATIN KIWI KISS VERY VANILLA 9.95 0.25 7.46 Available
111277 RUB ONS A PERFECT DAY 12.95 0.25 9.71 Available
110730 DIE CUTS POCKETS & PIECES 10.75 0.25 8.06 Available
107272 PUNCH KEY TAG 19.95 0.25 14.96 Available
113980 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER CANDY LANE 11.75 0.25 8.81 Available
111375 RIBBON GROSGRAIN STRIPED BAJA BREEZE 5/8" 12.25 0.25 9.19 Available
112010 DIE CUTS BLOOMS AGAIN 10.75 0.25 8.06 Available
113991 TASTE OF TEXTILES 11.75 0.25 8.81 Available
101399 STIPPLE BRUSHES 8.25 0.25 6.19 Available
112092 BUTTON BOUQUET 9.5 0.25 7.13 Out of stock
112139 NOTES CAROUSEL II 13.95 0.25 10.46 Available
111336 NOTES SCALLOP II 13.95 0.25 10.46 Available
111840 CLASSIC STAMPIN INK REFILL PACIFIC POINT 3.5 Available
111841 CLASSIC STAMPIN INK REFILL TANGEIRNE TANGO 3.5 Available
111843 CLASSIC STAMPIN INK REFILL PINK PIROUETTE 3.5 Available
111839 CLASSIC STAMPIN INK REFILL RIDING HOOD RED 3.5 Available
111842 CLASSIC STAMPIN INK REFILL KIWI KISS 3.5 Available
112161 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER PATTERNS KIWI KISS 11.75 Available
112042 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER URBAN GARDEN 11.75 Available
112156 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER PATTERNS PINK PIROUETTE 11.75 Available
112150 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER PATTERNS PACIFIC POINT 11.75 Available
112153 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER PATTERNS TANGERINE TANGO 11.75 Available
111844 CLASSIC STAMPIN INK REFILL BAJA BREEZE 3.5 Available
111836 CLASSIC STAMPIN PAD RIDINGHOOD RED 6.95 Available
111838 CLASSIC STAMPIN PAD PINK PIROUETTE 6.95 Available
113966 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE 11.75 Available
109123 STAMPIN WRITE JOURNALER BASIC BROWN 3.95 Available
113981 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER BELLA BIRDS 11.75 Available
112157 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER PATTERNS BAJA BREEZE 11.75 Out of stock
113975 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER RASPBERRY TART 11.75 Available
114037 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER SPECIALTY SWEET SLUMBER 13.95 Available
113978 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER URBAN OASIS 11.75 Available
112041 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER BELLA ROSE 11.75 Available
112468 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER SWEET ALWAYS 11.75 Available
111834 CLASSIC STAMPIN PAD TANGERINE TANGO 6.95 Available
114039 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER SPECIALTY ROCKABILLY 13.95 Available
108590 CARD STOCK NATURALS ASST 12X12 10.75 Available
111337 NOTES GIFT ASSORTMENT II 11.75 Available
112471 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER RAINBOW SHERBET 11.75 Out of stock
112464 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER MANCHESTER 11.75 Available
112006 ACCENTS & ELEMENTS FLOWER FUSION II 17.95 Available
111837 CLASSIC STAMPIN PAD PACIFIC POINT 6.95 Available
112461 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER WASHINGTON APPLE 11.75 Out of stock
113993 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER SPECIALTY PARISIAN BREEZE 13.95 Available
112155 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER PATTERNS RIDING HOOD RED 11.75 Available
111353 CARD STOCK KIWI KISS 8-1/2 X 11 6.5 Available
111348 CARD STOCK RIDING HOOD RED 8-1/2 X 11 6.5 Available
112172 SIMPLY SCRAPPIN ROCK A BYE BOY 23.95 Out of stock
100900 GIFT SACKS WHITE 3.5 Available
114605 SIMPLY SENT CARD KIT MORE THOUGHTS 50.95 Out of stock
102264 COLUZZLE STARTER KIT 23.95 Available
111346 CARD STOCK IN COLOR 12 X 12 10.75 Available
111835 CLASSIC STAMPIN PAD KIWI KISS 6.95 Available
111350 CARD STOCK PACIFIC POINT 8-1/2 X 11 6.5 Available
105668 TATTOO KIT I 16.5 Out of stock
111349 CARD STOCK TANGERINE TANGO 8-1/2 X 11 6.5 Available
109231 SIMPLY SENT CARD KIT SENDING HAPPY THOUGHTS 64.95 Available
111351 CARD STOCK PINK PIROUETTE 8-1/2 X 11 6.5 Available
112165 SIMPLY SCRAPPIN ROCK A BYE GIRL 23.95 Out of stock
113950 DIE CUTS BUILD-A-FAIRYTALE 10.75 Available
111345 CARD STOCK TEXTURED IN COLOR 12 X 12 13.95 Available
105669 TATTOO KIT II 16.5 Out of stock
111833 CLASSIC STAMPIN PAD BAJA BREEZE 6.95 Available
113936 SIMPLY SCRAPPIN HOPPY MEMORIES 23.95 Out of stock
111347 CARD STOCK IN COLOR 8-1/2 X 11 9.5 Available
107288 ENVELOPE WHISPER WHITE EXTRA LARGE 6.5 Available
104310 CRAFTERS TOOL KIT 49.95 Available
111352 CARD STOCK BAJA BREEZE 8-12 X 11 6.5 Available
113943 SIMPLY SCRAPPIN 2 SWEET 23.95 Available
113925 SIMPLY SCRAPPIN SWEET NOTHINGS 23.95 Available
112179 SIMPLY SCRAPPIN LOVE STORIES 23.95 Available
113911 SIMPLY SCRAPPIN SUNSHINE GARDEN 23.95 Out of stock
112054 SIMPLY SCRAPPIN BEST EVER 23.95 Out of stock
111253 Blooms & Bulbs 7.75 Available
109684 Doodle 9.95 Available
111257 Happy, Happy Birthday 9.95 Available
109692 Love 7.75 Available
109568 My ABCs 7.75 Available
109682 Perfectly Pretty 7.75 Available
109687 See You Around 9.95 Available
109683 So Swirly 9.95 Available
111260 Something Fishy 9.95 Available
111262 Stems & Silhouettes 9.95 Available
105516 Watercolor Joy 7.75 Available
114528 Embosslit Flower 13.95 Available
116209 Note of Thanks 11.95 Available
116210 Birthdays Counts 11.95 Available