Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Butterfly Basics Birthday

Butterfly Basics Birthday....as always, alliteration allays apathy. (Sorry about that. Well, not really. Heh heh.)

The Butterfly Basics Bundle is a stamp set and Thinlits bundle in the new catalog that made me squeal with excitement when I saw it. I love butterflies as much as I love snowmen, which is lucky for me because the seasons don't overlap.....I have something to get excited about all year long! And to have coordinating Thinlits so I don't have to fussy-cut the butterflies made me very happy indeed! The bundle is available with wood-mount or clear-mount stamps, or in totally clear photopolymer!


Something Borrowed DSP is full of fabulous neutral patterns of Sahara Sand and Whisper White, which coordinate with just about any of our colors. I chose Chocolate Chip (which I've been kind of neglecting since Early Espresso came along), and added Calypso Coral for a pop of bright color. The Pearls Basic Jewels were colored with the middle shade of Calypso Coral Blendabilities and the doily from the Artisan Embellishments Kit was sponged with Calypso Coral ink.

Now I need to get this in the mail to someone very special!

STAMPS: Butterfly Basics
CARDSTOCK: Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, Something Borrowed DSP
INK: Saraha Sand, Chocolate Chip, Calypso Coral, Calypso Coral Blendabilities
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Butterflies Thinlits Dies, Artisan Embellishment Kit, Best Year Ever Ribbon, Pearls Basic Jewels, Stamping Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals, Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangles Dies (non-SU)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

For You Valentine

Here's a simple little Valentine that didn't use any stamps! The "for you" is one of the dies in the Mini Treat Bags Thinlits Dies, which has a bunch of cute elements to use, not only on the treat bag, but cards, scrapbook pages, and treat boxes, too!

I tried using just Crisp Cantaloupe for the greeting, but it didn't look right, so then I tried Real Red, and it wasn't quite right either. Then inspiration struck and I layered them........just right! The heart confetti was punched from scraps using the Confetti Hearts Border Punch.

CARDSTOCK: Whisper White, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Crisp Cantaloupe, Gold Foil Sheets, Red Glimmer Paper, Stacked With Love DSP Stack, Window Sheets
INK: None!
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Hearts Collection Framelits, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Confetti Hearts Border Punch, Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker's Twine, Shaker Frames, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mulitpurpose Glue

Friday, January 23, 2015

Moon Lake Manliness

Masculine cards are always popular with my stamping ladies, so next month is another Five Card Stud class. No, we aren't playing Poker - we will be making five manly cards for the studs in our lives!

When I saw the new masculine stamps in the Occasions catalog I let out a whoop, because I knew making those sometimes-challenging guy cards was going to be a snap! (I may have even done a happy dance, haha.)
From Millan.Net
So I've been busy designing the cards and decided to show a little sneak peek, for the purpose of enticing more stampers to join us in the class. Notice the "grass" peeking out behind the top of the image? That's little pieces of White Jute Ribbon, colored with Old Olive Blendabilities. I used the lightest and darkest for contrast.

I hope you can join us for this class! And if you can't come next month, maybe you can make it to the Open House this Sunday. You'll get to do a couple of make and takes, see a LOT of the products in the Occasions Catalog, and Sale-A-Bration goodies, too!

STAMPS: Moon Lake, Butterfly Basics, Petite Pairs
CARDSTOCK: Naturals White, Watercolor Paper, Pear Pizzazz, Night of Navy, Lost Lagoon
INK: StazOn Jet Black, Pacific Point, Night of Navy, Pear Pizzazz, Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
ACCESSORIES: Aqua Painter, Blender Pen, Stamping Sponges, 1-1/4" White Jute Ribbon, Paper Piercing Tool, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hello Life Valentine

A stamping friend (and new demo!) needed some ideas for Valentines using the products she already has on hand. She has a group of friends interested in making cards, so I got a list of what she has and went to work designing a couple of cards. It was fun and a bit of a challenge, because I wanted to use ALL THE STUFF I have, but that wouldn't have been very helpful to her.

I hope she likes the designs, and her friends do, too! I got my inspiration for this card from Deb Currier's card posted January 1st.

STAMPS: Hello Life
CARDSTOCK: Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black, Stacked With Love DSP Stack, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red