03/27/2012

AAAHHHH... SPRING!

...and the beautiful colors...

Bloom1

...crocus and daffodils everywhere...

Bloom2

...and more new foliage and flowers on the way...

Bloom3

 

03/16/2012

SLIGHTLY TRIMMED...

So many of our Stampin' Up! Dies may be slightly trimmed resulting in a little different look.  Here's one example...

Lattice

And adding dimensionals to any card design kicks it up a notch!

Lattice2

A little trimming will do...

Lattice3

HERE'S HOW:  1) Use the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine with the Lattice Bigz Die.  Trim all four "points" off with Paper Snips2) Glue new images onto plain or printed paper.  3) With Paper Snips, cut around underneath edge of your plain or printed paper.  4) Embellish with button or other pretties.  5) Adhere Stampin' Dimensionals to back side and you're ready to go!

PRODUCTS USED ON THIS CARD:  Night of Navy Textured Card Stock, Very Vanilla Card Stock, Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper, Summer Smooches Designer Fabric Brad, Night of Navy 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, You Are Loved Stamp Set, Night of Navy Stampin' Pad, Stampin' Dimensionals.

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Just ever so slightly!


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03/14/2012

SPRING SHOWERS...

Spring Showers in Wisteria


Wisteria in Spring

 

Even with spring showers raining down outside, the recipient of this pretty get well card will start feeling better when reminded that May flowers will be blooming very soon!


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Umbrella

 

A few weeks ago, my granddaughters, Kamille and Kara ages 9 and 7, were visiting from California. They love, love, love to make crafts in grandma's workshop. One afternoon, I told them I would help them make any card or project, and that they could choose their own papers and trims. As usual, they were so happy and couldn't wait to get started!  Out of the thousands of cards and hundreds of projects displayed or on file in my studio, they both chose an umbrella!  When it came time to return home, they hand-carried their darling creations on the airplane. Both umbrellas made it intact and are now displayed on a little shelf in their pretty, shared bedroom!

 

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03/08/2012

IN THE WORKS...

I bought three styrofoam balls in graduated sizes to make something fun and fabulous. Each will be in a different color combination. I'll hang them together with lots of pretty ribbons and bows...

Designer Ball-fixed

 

This is a peek at the first one before the ribbons and bows are added.

It's even prettier in real life!

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Aarhussiggy

03/07/2012

A LITTLE ITALIAN...

The colors and designs in the Domestic Goddess Designer Series Papers coordinate with so many styles, occasions and moods...


On Mind1

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On Mind2

 

This card is made with the Upsy Daisy Stamp Set #111710 and the Studio Sketches Stamp Set #116974-W / #122222-C.

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Italian

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03/06/2012

HAPPY COLORS...

The colors of Pool Party and Rich Razzleberry look happy together!
Pool1

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Pool2
Supplies & Accessories: Tagtastic Stamp Set (Hostess) #122745-W #122747-C / Basic Black Stampin' Pad #101179, Pool Party Textured Card Stock #124386, Rich Razzleberry Textured Card Stock #121077, Whisper White Card Stock #100730, Domestic Goddess Designer Series Paper #122355, 1-3/4" Circle Punch #119850, Eyelet Border Punch #119853, Perfect Pennants Bigz L Die #123126, Paper-Piercing Tool #116631, Mat Pack #105826, Basic Pearls #119247, Stampin' Dimensionals #104430, Whisper White Medium Envelope #107301.
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03/05/2012

LITTLE OR NO FRILLS...

I started making this card and only got this far... Then I sat and stared!  Has that ever happened to you?  (Or how often?)

Button

I thought this was sort of nice, but what next???

Button2

So I started working on the inside...

Button3

Then I decided, it's really quite okay to make a card with little or no frills, especially when you open it to find an unexpected surprise.  Use a plain piece of typing paper - or nice parchment paper - for the inside.  Attach it to your card by one single strip along the top edge.  (That's how Hallmark does it.)

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Supplies & Accessories: OUTSIDE: Cajun Craze Textured Card Stock #121076, Pear Pizzazz Textured Card Stock #124387, Twitterpated Designer Series Paper #125406, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, Buttons Sizzlits Die #113440, Stampin' Dimensionals #104430, INSIDE: Plain Typing Paper, Heard from the Heart Stamp Set #111644-W / #120006-C, Basic Black Stampin' Pad #101179, 3/16" Corner Punch, SNAIL Adhesive #104332.

P.S.  The Twitterpated Designer Series Paper called for Riding Hood Red as a matching color, but I fudged a little and used Cajun Craze. 

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03/01/2012

PRETTY & PLEASING...

There's nothing unique or exclusive about the design elements of this card, but someone deserves a BIG HUG because it's so pretty.  (Oh! That must be me!)  Don't you love the color.  And don't you love how all the Stampin' Up! papers and products match!  It's ahhhh inspiring!

Big Hugs1

And this Big Shot die is simply to die for!

Big Hug2

I know, I know, I know... I used this same die in this same way just last week!  I couldn't help using it again today... and I might even use it tomorrow!  Naaaaahh!

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So if you deserve a big hug (or not), go ahead and invest in this die.  It can also be stacked and combined with other flower shapes.  By using plain papers, printed papers or a combination of both, it takes on new and different looks each way it's made.

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Supplies & Accessories:  Perfect Words Stamp Set (Hostess) #122470-W / #122472-C, Basic Black Stampin' Pad #101179, Wisteria Wonder Textured Card Stock #124386, Basic Black Textured Card Stock #121078, Whisper White Card Stock #100730, Berry Blossoms Designer Series Paper #122350, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, Flower Daisies #2 Bigz Die #114520, Scallop Trim Border Punch #119882, Large Oval Punch #119855, 1/2" Circle Punch #119869, 3/16" Corner Punch #119871, Crop-A-Dile #108362, Stampin' Dimensionals #104430, Whisper White Medium Envelopes #107301.

Design Note:  I hand-cut the large black oval.  Here's How:  After stamping then punching BIG HUG with the Large Oval Punch, I glued it to a little scrap of black.  Using Paper Snips (#103579), I slowly trimmed around the edge. Finally, I carefully sanded around the edge with a Designer Sanding Block (#124304), until it looked pretty and pleasing

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Die

 

02/29/2012

A LITTLE EXPERIMENT...

For some time I have wanted to experiment with this block design.  Most of the cards I've seen have squares that are at least 1-1/4" in size, but after playing with this, I made my squares only 1" in size. The smaller square did not show off the design as well.  Or perhaps it was the printed paper I chose.  (I feel a re-do coming.)


Inspire1

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Inspire2

Trying a new technique always inspires me...

Inspire3

 

Supplies & Accessories:  Perfect Words Stamp Set (Hostess) #122470-W/#122472-C, Calypso Coral Textured Card Stock #124386, Island Indigo Card Stock #122923, Whisper White Card Stock #100730, Sweet Shop Designer Series Paper #125408, Round Tab Punch #119864, 3/4" Circle Punch #119873, 1/2" Circle Punch #119869, Small Library Clip #112580, Silver Brads #104336, Stampin' Dimensionals #104430, Whisper White Medium Envelope #107301.

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02/28/2012

BRING IT ON!!

The greeting I used on this card is from the BRING ON THE CAKE STAMP SET, but when I look at this card, I think of... BRING IT ON!!

Bring It On...

Two weeks ago, I asked my hubby if I could borrow $20 to take this picture.  He gave it to me but then forgot about it and it's still in my wallet!  Tee Hee!   I'm spoiled!

Bring It On2

Aarhussiggy

 



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