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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Shower Invite

Molly created this invite for an upcoming bridal shower - so cute I thought I should share it!


Feeling Inspired?

Hi Bloggy Friends! I apologize for neglecting my blog these past few weeks - things have been kind of crazy for me at work - well, when isn't it though? - I've been getting ready for a visit from the state to renew our preschool license so lots of time getting all the ducks in a row so to speak and updating permits, record checks, etc. whew! All this smack dab in the middle of Sale-A-Bration! WHO'S IDEA WAS THIS???

Anyway last night I was blog hopping and came across a whole slew of Shabby Chic styled cards and really felt inspired to make one myself - just in time for Laura's birthday this afternoon! I neglected to use any stamps on this card and I think it could have used just one or two...but anyway here is the finished piece and I hope you like it!

Products used:

Big Shot Stripes Embossing Folder and Beautiful Wings Sizzlit Die
Beau Chateau DSP
Paper Snips (for all those "fussy cuts"
Crumb Cake Card Stock
Very Vanilla Card Stock
1 3/8" Circle Punch
Stampin Dimensionals
Basic Jewels

Thanks for stopping by - and Happy Birthday Laura!!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Dabbling With Steampunk

I have been working on some Steampunk Cards for an upcoming class. I have been having a blast putting these cards together from a variety of stamp sets including Artistic Etchings, Many Mustaches, and Precious Butterflies! I hope all you stampers out there see the mustaches as the flying keys they are. Neither of my girls saw it, I had to explain...

This second card was cased from one on Stampin' Connection (a website for Demonstrators) by Sara Levin. I'm sorry I can't link it for you - she doesn't have a blog.

You'll have to sign up as a Demonstrator if you want to see her post - let me know if I can help you with that and we'll get it started! Otherwise come back soon to see the other cards that will be part of this class.

Happy Monday!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Birthday Butterfly

Hello Bloggy Friends! Today I have a card to share with you that can be used for a variety of occasions from Birthday to Thank You, or Just Because. For this card I combined some SAB Designer Paper with On Board Merry Medley (IBC) and the Hearts Collection Framelits Dies. I added a punch, some Shimmer Paint, an embossed accent and FREE Ribbon - and came up with this baby! I hope you like it as much as the person who will be receiving it sometime soon. Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Apothecary Birthday

Don't you just love coordinating stamps and dies? This is just what we have going on here with the Apothecary Art and the Framelits Labels Collection Dies. This is not my original creation but a case of an original Stampin' Up! card from January's Leadership Conference. I changed it up a bit by using Calypso Coral, and used the layered marker technique before spritzing the image to give it a water coloring effect. I think I mentioned before that we have many birthdays to celebrate in March around here and I'm really trying to make everyone's card a little different!

Thanks for stopping by today - enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

I Love This Spring Bird!

I have been finding so many things I can do with the Elegant Bird Die. I think he makes the best card front. I need a ton of Birthday Cards during March so this is a good one to put together when you need fabulous multiples!

There are only a few weeks left to Sale-A-Bration if you like this paper! You can get it for FREE in a package of 12 coordinating sheets with a $50 order, or in a digital format - also FREE with your $50 order. Email me or visit my online store today to order your Elegant Bird and accessories to start creating your own great projects!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Snow Day Fun!

My husband came home from working at Paint The Town and brought me this sign. I think I might have gotten a little over excited because right away I grabbed a sponge and an ink pad - as much as I loved the colors, it just looked really bright with that distressed image on it - and I toned down the edges with some soft suede ink. It still was not distressed enough for my mind's eye, so I added a few spritzes of Log Cabin Smooch. (One thing I'll share about the Log Cabin is that I almost threw it away when I first tried it, but was determined to master this stuff! Now it is one of my favorite accessories!)
If you are a Stampin' Up! fanatic you might have noticed that the color on this sign is a perfect match with Calypso Coral. I pulled out my Everyday Enchantment DSP (which had the perfect paper for some sweet little wings) and cut out a set using my Elegant Bird Die. F I wrapped up the whole design by using the Blossom Punch to make a flower, and paired it up with a Vintage Brad and Basic Pearl. I sure hope Bill lets me keep this sign - I don't think he has any idea how the words completely describe my life!
So if you should happen to see an embellished sign such as this one in your local gift shop, you might have an idea where it all started...

This Week's Stamping 411 Challenge

This past weekend I played along with the Stamping 411 Challenge. But I forgot to post it before the deadline! For this card I broke out my new Tea Shoppe stamp set. I started by stamping the little violets in Wisteria Wonder onto Whisper White for the background of my card. Next I layered a piece of Flirtatious Designer Paper that I cut out using my Adorning Accents Edgelit Die, and a Paper Doily in Early Espresso - isn't this the cutest? Next I inked up the large tea cup from with Wisteria Wonder and stamped it onto a scrap of Whisper White and carefully cut it out. I used my Stampin' Write Marker in Wisteria Wonder to color around the edges of the handle, giving it more of a finished look. I layered the teacup onto the Doily using gl dots and gave it a slight bend to add dimension. Finally I embellished the whole card with more stamps, punches, coordinating Baker's Twine, and Basic Pearls. The stamps, twine and dies used on this card can all be found in the Occasions Mini. If you order them all before the end of this month you will have a qualifying order to receive a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog! You can place your order through my Online Store and your items should arrive at your door within about a week!

Since today is a snow day in my neck of the woods - stop by later to see what I plan to work on today! Unexpected days off seem to bring out the most creative projects!! (of course you know I had it all planned out yesterday morning...)