Saturday, May 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Cupcake

Today's Simple Saturday card is for my Aunt who is turning 70 soon.  I needed to make sure it was easy to mail and get it out today so she can have it in time for her big day.  I have not used the cupcake punch and matching Create a Cupcake stam set much, and I really do not know why.  It is a very simple process to have beautiful cupcakes ASAP.


The background paper is Sweet Stitches from the Occasions catalog, I ran it through the Big Shot with the Framed Tulip EF, easy peasy!  The circle is punched using the 1 3/4 circle punch.  The scallop rectangle is a nestie die, all very quick and easy.

The sentiment is from the Create a Cupcake stamp set, I just made a banner out of it and popped it up to give a little punch.  It was cut out of a piece of scrap that had been previously embossed with the Finial Press EF.  A piece of Early Espresso ribbon, anchors it all. 

Try this card out, I have done the hard part by figuring it all out, you just have to put it together!  Remember all of the ingredients above, with the exception of the Sweet Stitches DSP and the nestie die, are still available and you can shop right now in the comfort of your own home, just click on the Shop With Me button.  Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Paper:  Sweet Stitches DSP, Rose Red CS
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Rose Red, Early Espresso
Stamps:  Create a Cupcake, Something to Celebrate (inside)
Tools:  Big Shot, Framed Tulip EF, Finial Press EF, 1 3/4 circle punch, basic rhinestones, early espresso ribbon, nestie scallop rectangle die

Thursday, May 26, 2011

PPA 95

Hello!  Thank you for checking in today for my PPA 95 challenge card.  This week's challenge is ....Brads!  I first started this card for part of my upcoming card class, but decided to incorporate brads into the card, so I can submit it to the PPA challenge.  So here is another Beyond the Garden card!

I used the large scallop punch and pleated two Beyond the Garden DSP punches and adhered them together.  After I finished the card, I think that three punches would of made a fuller flower, I will keep that in mind for next time.  A piece of retired Wild Wasabi ribbon made a great stem and leaves.

I used one scallop circle punch in Wild Wasabi and crimped, crumpled, separated and sponged the layers to make an underside to the pleated flower, just to give it a little dimension.  When working with DSP, make sure to have a light hand since it is thinner than card stock.

A punched 3/4 circle of DSP was used in the center as well as a Circle Ice rhinestone brad.  The Filigree and flower brad seemed to go together very well, and is substantial enough just to have one set.   The Beyond the Garden DSP was embossed with the Framed Tulip EF (which is still available), just to give it a little notice.

Can't forget about the sentiment!  The Four Frames stamp set and decorative label punch duo is a must have, it is stamped in Pacific Point, a small oval punch in wild wasabi is stamped with the Friend stamp from Just Believe, and another small filigree brad is used to dress it up.  So what do you think?  Is there enough brads to make the challenge?  Please leave me a comment to know what you think!    If you are interested in any of these items, please use the shop with me button at the top of the screen 24/7.  Thanks for stopping by, enjoy!

Stamps:  Four Frames, Just Believe
Ink:  Pacific Point, Wild Wasabi
Paper:  Beyond the Garden DSP, Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Tools:  Large Scallop Punch, Framed Tulip EF, Big Shot, Wild Wasabi Ribbon, Filigree Brads, Circle Ice Brads, 3/4 circle punch

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Beyond the Garden Card Class

Hey there!  Sorry for the infrequent posts, but my daughter had EOG/EOC testing last week and finally finished yesterday.  She got out of school early every day and boy did that mess up my stamping schedule!  It was nice to have her home though, and I am really looking forward to summer!

Imagine my surprise today when I checked my emails, and I saw that Ann Schach from mentioned my blog on her blog!  I am so grateful, and welcome all of her readers to my blog, I hope you will be inspired!

I have been getting ready for a card class using the Beyond the Garden DSP.  It is a bright and beautiful DSP.  Using the bright colors have been a bit challenging to my creativity, but I am happy with the results.  Here is one card that I made, I will have a second for you tomorrow for the PPA Challenge, so make sure and stop by tomorrow to see it.

I love the square lattice embossing folder (EF), and the depth and texture that it provides.  Stamp your image first, then emboss for the above look.  A snip of the top note die, stamped with the flower stamp from Friends Never Fade as a background, and the very versatile Curly Cute thinking of you stamp makes a great sentiment.

The itty bitty punch pack was used to make the flowers, topped off with basic rhinestones completes the flowers.  A sweet whisper white bow gives just the right touch.  A very simple card when you break down all of the elements, it is the little details that count.

This is the inside of the card, more itty bitty punches layered upon some DSP, and a daffodil delight scalloped edge border. 

All of the above ingredients are SU and can be found in my SU store, so please feel free to browse by clicking on the shop with me button at the top of the page.  I hope you enjoyed a walk in the garden with me, I will see you tomorrow with my PPA challenge card.  Enjoy!

Stamps:  Just Believe, Friends Never Fade, Curly Cute
Ink:  Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi
Paper:  Beyond the Garden DSP, Tangerine Tango, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight
Tools:  Big Shot, Square Lattice EF, Top Note Die, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Pirate Party

We know a very special little boy who is turning 5, and he is having a pirate party.  I got this really cute invite in the mail, who would of known that you can mail this?!  So immediately I started thinking about the card I was going to make.  I had ideas of incorporating the pirate ring into the card, but it broke when we were trying to take off the ring part.

So here is the card that I came up with, I love the whole Pirates of the Caribbean theme, so I went online and found some great art to use as my background.  My husband Chris told me about this new item on Windows 7, which is called a "snipping tool", which actually lets you copy the screen and will save the picture where you want, it was very cool!

So after I printed it out, (we were out of black ink, we replaced the black and then our color ink went out) on More Mustard in black ink, I decided that I can color the image using my blender pens and ink pads.  I loved the artwork so much, I just used that and layered a 5 on the front.

I heavily distressed it, curled the edges and made an easel card out of it, click here for a tutorial on Splitcoast.  I separated the layer of Cajun Craze and used the second layer for the inside, stamped his initials and the word play stamp "you mean the world to me".

I used the Four Frames, and and an old retired Happy Birthday stamp, and punched it out with the decorative label punch.  This is where I was going to put the skull from the ring, but will have to figure something else out.

I was kicking myself for not ordering the new "Open Sea" set (page 9 of the summer mini), but I am happy how this turned out.  I have to say though after seeing many samples, it will be on my next order.  I just love the possibilities of this new stamp set, they are endless.  Remember, you can shop with me 24/7 by clicking on my "shop with me" button at the top of the screen, Enjoy!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

PPA 93

Here is my PPA 93 challenge card.  This week's challenge is a wedding card.  I went online to see what the trendy colors are for weddings this season, and they are Honeysuckle (pink) and Tangerine.  So immediately I pulled out my Melon Mambo and Tangerine Tango and went to work.  Here is what I came up with:
I waited until Friday for my shipment of Melon Mambo embossing powder to come in, and tried it out, but it turned out whitish on the Melon mambo CS.  So I just reverted to my handy versamark and clear embossing powder.  It gave me the look I was going for.  I used the big stamp from the Bliss set, it is so pretty.  Also, the white CS is spritzed heavily in Pearl smooch spritz, but it is difficult to see.  I layered the pink on whisper white CS that had been embossed with the vintage wallpaper EF, and layered that on a tangerine tango base.  The black ribbon is the only non SU item, but felt that the black and white made a great punch of color.
The flower is quilled, I love this look and plan to incorporate more of them in my future cards.  The tiny tags were fixed under the button for a little bit of cuteness! 

On a sad note, my giraffe card is sitting on my desk waiting to be fixed.  My son Tate got away from me and I heard a "OHHHH WWEEEEE" and before I could get a hold of him, he tore the giraffe off the card and went running away with it!  It is a quick fix, but it will be OK.  Today I made him his own Elmo, and will have it laminated for him so he can play with it all he wants.  Guess I will have to do a giraffe for him as well.  Thanks for stopping by, enjoy!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Mojo 190

First of all, I would like to thank everyone for the very kind comments that were left on yesterday's blog hop post, I love them all!  Second of all, I would like to welcome all of my new readers!  I am glad your here, and can't wait to share some great ideas with you! 

Now on to business!  Here is my Mojo Monday 190 card.  My husband's friend at work just had a baby girl so I needed to make a card.  I was inspired by the baby giraffe card that Linda at Linda's Stampin Loft did, check out her site for the link to the tutorial.  This is the same baby giraffe that my daughter did for my Mother's Day card, but I modified it for the Mojo sketch.

This is a standard sized card, I used the Sweet Stitches DSP, which has my favorite pink and green combo for the background paper and sent it through my Finial Press embossing folder (EF) to give it some nice texture.  I then layered the ovals which were cut using an oval sizzix die, on the DSP and placed it all on textured Wild Wasabi CS.  The pompom trim in Melon Mambo was used as my ribbon, and a scrunchy rose and flowers gave it a nice accent.  The decorative label punch was punched down to make a nice mat for my sentiment, which is stamped using the Something to Celebrate set.  The little giraffe took the longest time, but really not at all that long.

When I showed my husband, he thought it was a bit "busy" was his words, and I said OOOOOKKKKK, but that was the sketch..., LOL, he just doesn't get it.  So what do you think about this card?  Leave me a comment, as I love to hear from you!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

May PALS Blog Hop

Welcome to the May PALS HOP!  This month, we're featuring Father's Day and Graduation projects for your inspiration!  You've likely hopped over from Mary Fish,, I'm stop number 4 on the PALS HOP and I'm glad you hopped in!  I'll help you "hop along" from blog to blog where you'll find great ideas for paper crafted creations from the Stampin' Pretty Pals!  Should you hop off course, simply click on any of the links in the PALS HOP LINE-UP below and you'll be back on track!

Welcome to my very first Pals blog hop!  I am happy to share this graduation card that was made for a friend who is graduating from UNC Charlotte.  The school colors are green and white, but our friend is an engineering major, so his "color" is orange.  I am glad that I found that out and was able to incorporate it into the card.

Can you guess what the top note die is cut from?  It is from a Coke can!  Metal cuts very easy with a Bigz die.  I then stamped on the inside of the can, and it was heat embossed.  The colored gems are the basic rhinestones colored with a black and green bic markers.  A great tip if you want different colored gems.  The direction arrow was heat embossed and paper pieced on the main sentiment.
 The cap is a square punch, with a word window punch for the base, so it sticks out nicely.  The tassel was made from a rectangle of Pumpkin Pie CS, cut in thin slices about 3/4 of the way up, then rolled around a piece of baker's twine.  The black and pumpkin pie DSP came from the Halloween SU paper, which makes it very versatile.  The black stripe paper was embossed with the Square Lattice embossing folder for some nice texture.  The stamp set Word Play gave this great sentiment, perfect for a graduate.  The whole card is spritzed and sponged for a slightly distressed look.
The inside gets special treatment as well, the sentiment is heat embossed then layered on a decorative label punch, then a rectangle of Garden Green, on top of Pumpkin Pie CS that has been crimped.  This card will not fit in an envelope, so good thing it is being hand delivered.  I love to hear your comments and happy to answer any questions you might have.  Thanks for stopping by, enjoy!  

Hop along for more inspiring ideas from Nina Dee stop number 5 on the May PALS HOP!  Thanks for "hopping" by!

1. Joanna Munster,
4. Sandie Conner, you are here 
5. Nina Dee,
6.  Rae Harper,

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

I hope all you Mom's out there are relaxing, and enjoying your Mother's Day.  I sure am, my family is great, they take care of me all day and I do not have to do anything, unless I want too!  This morning my 13 year old daughter Mackie gave me her card that she has been up in the craft room making for the past few days.  It brought tears to my eyes!!  I love it, and I just had to share:
Last week I showed her the baby giraffe card at Lindas Stampin Loft here and we both loved how cute it was.  I bookmarked it to make later for a new baby girl that a friend just had, but she had other ideas!!  I was blown away this morning when I saw it, I am so proud of her. Mackie also had Tate color me a card as well.  She is a wonderful young lady.
Mackie also found out how to punch this cutie little frog for the inside of the card.  This card will have a place of honor on the craft room wall!  Hope everyone is having a wonderful Mother's day with the kids!  Enjoy!

Mojo 189

I have to say I am a little behind, I am just now finishing up my Mojo Monday challenge card.  It is a great layout, and I wanted to give it my full attention.  This card is going to a very special person for her birthday.
This card features polka dots which were stamped with Circle Circus and then embedded embossed through the square lattice embossing folder, then matted nicely.  The focal flower was a bunch of bits of ribbon folded and glued to a circle base.  The center sentiment was punched with the scallop circle, stamped with the hostess set Something to Celebrate.  The ribbon colors are the same as the card stock, Pink Pirouette, Early Espresso, Rich Razzleberry, Victoria ribbon, very vanilla.  The Pink Pirouette DSP was from a retired pack, and the Rich Razzleberry layer was embossed using the Backgrounds 1 texturz plate. The small flowers are from the itty bitty punch pack, and topped with basic pearls.

This card is a big card, 4 3/4 x 6 tall.  I made the flower first and when it was finished, it took up way to much space on a normal size card, so since I had some big envelopes left over, I knew I could make it bigger.

The birthday bliss stamp set was used for the small sentiment, I first made my very vanilla cs glittery with some champagne mist shimmer paint, then stamped in Early Espresso and punched with the word window punch.  The rich razzleberry background punch was a tip from using the decorative label punch that you punch down.  Enjoy!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

My little boy is 1 1/2 today!

My little son Tate, turns a year and a half old today, I cannot believe where the time has gone, he has grown so much!  I would like to share projects with you that I did for his first birthday party back in November.  The owl punch had come out in the catalog, and we went owl crazy!  We also added in Fox and Friends to round out the animals.  We used the Greenhouse Gala DSP for the banner and color scheme.

Happy Birthday banner

Owl invite and party favors

Paper plates we had made

Cake with the owl, and cupcakes and cupcake picks with Fox and Friends

Tate loving his cake

Tate and big sister Mackie

I had this owl on the front door.

I have saved all of the above paper items to use in a shadowbox frame, I just have to pick one up.  When finished I will hang it in his room where it will go with the monkey theme quite well.  I can't wait to see what comes out in the new catalog to use for his second birthday.  Enjoy!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Athletic Banquet Gift Card Holders

Ok, here they are, I made 18 of them for the tennis, golf, basketball, swimming, volleyball, and soccer coaches.  Some of the coaches coached two teams, so they have both sports on the cards.  I will show you a pictorial at the end of the post to show you how the holders are made.

My favorite was the tennis ball, I punched a daffodil delight circle out of the 1 3/4 large circle punch, then I took a scrap of So Saffron, Certainly Celery and Daffodil delight and used my hobby blade and scraped fuzz off the cardstock.  I collected it and glued it to the tennis ball to make it fuzzy.  The bits of white were just double punched from the circle punch.  Most of the balls were stamped and embossed just to give them a little extra, and I did sponge clouds in white but they are hard to see on the pictures.  The names were printed out in a great font and cut out like a flag and wrapped around a toothpick.

Here is my first Pictorial!!

This is an extremely easy card holder to make, you will need a 4 x 12 piece of cardstock and score longways at 4inch, 6inch, and 8 inch.

Make a W fold and figure out how you want your gift card, mine is vertical (on its side) you can do either way.  Hold you gift card to the middle fold and measure how long a slot you need to make, the vertical one goes almost to the end of the paper, be careful not to cut to the end.



After you have cut your slot, glue (or sticky strip) the edges together, making sure to leave room halfway in for the card.

When glued, fit your gift card in the slot to make sure it fits.  This is what the finished inside looks like with the card inside.  It fits nice and snug and it is held in place great.

Decorate the inside first before you assemble if you plan to do a lot of 3D on the front.  I closed these with a velcro dot, but I think you could also close with a ribbon tied in a bow.  Now try it your self, so super easy!  Enjoy!

Thursday, May 5, 2011


Today's PPA 91 challenge is a color challenge, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, and Peach Parfait.  The three "P's".  I got the inspiration from an ad in the Parent's magazine for Baby Orajel Naturals of all things.  I really liked the flowers and colors, and they were very similar to the challenge colors.

I used an old sizzix die called daisy doily, that I bought for the scallop edges, this is the first time I have actually used it, and I thought it turned out pretty.  I did feel that I needed to ad a neutral color in for my card base and Early Espresso fit in nicely.

The background stamp from Fresh Cuts, did the background stamping.  Everything was spritzed and sponged for a slighty distressed look.  The sentiment is from Word Play, and would not fit on the decorative label punch, so I just punched the Y out with a circle punch and paper pieced it in place.  Leaves are from the Little Leaves Sizzlet die, and the poppy flower is two Simple Flower embosslits.  The small flowers are from the retired three flower punch, and separated to give the sueded look and stacked on top of each other.  Finish it off with Basic Pearls, and your done!

This will be the first of two posts today, I have most of the gift card holders done.  Just some finishing touches and they will be ready for the photo shoot, so check back later.
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