Thursday, May 30, 2013

Pop-Up Posies Box

Today I have a Pop-Up Posies box to share with you made with the retiring Fancy Favor die.

I started with a Lucky Limeade box and wrapped it with some Tea for Two DSP.  I tied a piece of Very Vanilla Seam Binding ribbon around it and added one of the Pop-Up Posies tags to the front of the box.  To finish it off I added one of the Calypso Coral flowers and stamped a sentiment on the tag.

I think this box would be super cute filled with a little spa kit (toe seperaters, nail polish, nail file and lotion) for someone special!  Head on over to my online store to order your Pop-Up Posies kit today!  Have an inspired day!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Neutral Pop-Up Posies

Time for another Pop-Up Posies project!  This time I used the flower pieces that look like mini cupcake papers!

It's nice and neutral and, I think, a pretty card!  Wanna see the rest?

I love it and I love that it doesn't even look like it came from the Pop-Up Posies kit!!!!! 

So, head on over to my online store and get your Pop-Up Posies kit today before it's gone!  Have an inspired day!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Best of Butterflies Monarch

The Best Of sets are a combination of popular stamp images from the last 25 years and 1 new image for this year.  Every time there's a new set, I try and remember which set each image is from!  With the Best of Butterflies set, I remembered all the butterflies!  There was one I was really excited about.  I always loved this butterfly, but never got the set it came in.  Here's a look at what I did with it with my class a couple weeks ago.

Now, I don't know if I've colored that butterfly like a monarch, but it reminds me of one, so I'm going with it!  I layered it with a Honeycomb embossed piece of cardstock and a fun little banner.  I love everything about this card!

Have an inspired day!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Pop-Up Posies in Shades of Blue

Have you ordered your Pop-Up Posies kit yet?  If you haven't, you need to before Friday when the Spring Catalog is done!  It's a super fun kit that comes with paper flowers, tags, string, brads and a cute stamp.  The kit is marketed as a tag kit, but there's so much you can do with it.  This week, I'm going to share three projects made with product from the Pop-Up Posies kit.

Today I have a card in shades of blue!

It was such an easy card to pull together!  Those flowers come pre-cut for you!  All I did was take some, scrunch them a bit, sponge the edges of some of the petals and then stick them together with one of the brads from the kit.  I love the layout of this card.  Stop by tomorrow to see a super fun and pretty card with the same layout.

Head on over to my online store and order your Pop-Up Posies kit today!  Have an inspired day!

Friday, May 24, 2013

I Love my Mom!

Now that I've given my  mom her Mother's Day card, I can share it here!  I just couldn't ruin the surprise by showing it because I know she reads my blog!!!

The card I made for her is actually one of the projects my stamp clubs did in April.  It's a super pretty tri-fold card that will fit into a quarter fold envelope.

Obviously I used the dress framelits for this card.  I just had to...with all boys I don't get to do girly stuff very often!!!!!

I'm happy to say she loved it and I'm sure it will be displayed on their tv stand until a new card comes along to take it's place!  Does it ever get old to have your parents display your work?!?!?!?!

Have an inspired day!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Good bye Two Tags Die!

I am always excited about Stampin' Up!'s retiring product lists.  Out with the old means in with the new...and the new is always fun!  Every year there is always a few products that I mourn the loss of and this year, one of those products is my bloved Two Tags die.  I use this die for so many projects...I will definitely miss it!

This month my stamp clubs used it to make a fun little box.

And, here's a side view...

It's really a pretty easy project.  You make a box and then glue a scalloped tag to the front and back.  The box is made from a 3 3/4 x 3 3/4" piece of cardstock scored at 1" on all 4 sides.   You then need to cut like we always do so that you can fold it into a box.

I used the Best of Butterflies set for this project and stamped the tags as well as made a butterfly tag embellish the box.

We made some paper shreds by cutting some Soft Suede cardstock into thin strips, crimping and scrunching it and then putting it into the bottom of the box and then we added 2 Hershey Nuggets that were covered with Baja Breeze DSP.  I think a bottle of nail polish would fit nicely into this box if you wanted to give it as a party favor or a fun little something for a special girl in your life!

Have an inspired day!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Baja Breeze Best of Butterflies

It's funny...I don't think I have used Baja Breeze for a long time and now that it's retiring I am finding that I'm using it a lot!  At my Best of Butterflies class a couple weeks ago, we made a super pretty Baja Breeze card which I am in love with.

I love everything about this card...the colors (Baja Breee and Basic Gray), the embossing (Vintage Wallpaper folder), the butterfly and the sentiment colored with markers and the pretty brad (from the Spring Catalog).

Have an inspired day!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

A Broken Heart

Those of you who read my blog regularly know that about a year and a half ago I suddenly lost a close friend and it rocked my world.  You can read about it here and here.  Well, today my world was rocked again.  My friend's widow tragically passed away yesterday in a scuba diving accident.  Him and his girls were spending the long weekend in BC relaxing.  I am numb with grief once again.  I can't believe that someone we just saw and talked to is gone.  Just when life was seeming "normal" after losing their mom, those two girls are now orphans and having to deal with the loss of another parent.  My heart breaks for them and for the extended family.

I am thankful that Kevin was able to come out of the hospital today and we can spend the day together sharing memories.  And, I know that my boys are in good hands with my mom until Kevin and I can get home tomorrow and comfort them too because I know all three of them are sad for their friends today.

I'm going to close by sharing a card I made yesterday at my friend Rose's house.  Kevin's night nurses were absolutely fantastic while he was in the hospital and he asked me to make some cards for them.  I chose to use nice soft colors (Pink Pirouette, So Saffron and a new In Color, Pistachio Pudding).

Hug your loved ones tight, tell those who mean the most to you that you love them, keep in touch with old friends, be kind and thoughtful and live with no regrets because you never know when something will happen that can change everything in an never know when something tragic will happen and someone you talked to just a few days ago will be gone.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Tea for Two...Tea for You!

I love tea!  So, when I saw the Tea for Two Product Suite in the Spring Catalog, I knew I had to have it all!!!  The ideas started rolling around in my head and this one was one of the first I did!  I showed it for a demo I did quite a while back.

Inspiration for this project came from here.  I changed up the measurements a bit so I could use my Simply Scored to do the scoring!

Here's the template I came up with.  I've included a template for the box, lid and bottom of the box for you.

This tea dispenser will fit any standard tea bag that comes in a little sealed paper envelope.  And, it makes a great gift for any tea lover in your life!

Have an inspired day!

Friday, May 17, 2013

What a Week!

This last week has been a crazy emotional roller coaster!  My husband and I celebrated our 14th anniversary by driving 2 hours away from home for him to have a spinal fusion surgery done.  We were both nervous about the surgery.  And, to top it off, it was a busy week for me trying to get everything done that I needed to before his surgery and the 5 days I would be spending away from home and my sweet boys while with him until he's ready to come home.

I'm happy to say that his surgery went well and he is now on the long road to recovery.  He's still in the hospital, and will be for another couple days, but I've already noticed an improvement in the way he walks!  And, he has told me that his nerve pain is better (not gone, but much better) and he has some feeling back in his foot already!  Yay!  I am trying to be super positive that he will make a full recovery and be good as new in the next few months.

While in Calgary, I visited with my good friend Rose.  I enjoyed a wonderful dinner with her and her family and then I got to join her stamp club!!!!  I had a blast being the "student" that evening and meeting her club members.  They were all so welcoming and sweet!  It was wonderful getting to know all of them!

Like I did with my clubs this month, Rose's projects were a mix of retiring product and some sneak peeks of new stuff!

We made a fun box using the retiring Fancy Favor Box.  This is a die that I will definitely be missing a lot when it's gone!

We also used some fun new products...a new color (Strawberry Slush), 2 new stamp sets and the super fun new Simply Pressed Clay and the Clay Molds.  I made a button!!!!  So fun!

We also did 2 cards, but I'm only going to show you one today!  I'm saving the other because my clubs are going to make it next month with some super fun new products.

This card uses some of the Spring Catalog products (get them while you can...the Spring Catalog is done at the end of the month!) and a retiring color (Not Quite Navy).

It was a fun evening spent with a great friend...just what I needed!

Have an inspired day!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Got Cake?

Mmmmmmm...I love me some cupcakes, and I am loving the color combination of Tempting Turquoise, Pool Party, Crumb Cake and White right now.

A while back I did a birthday card stamp-a-stack where everyone who came stamped a stack of birthday cards.  At this particular class, we did 6 different designs and 3 of each design for a total of 18 cards...done in one evening!

Here's one of my favorites from that class.

It's so fun, happy and cheery!  I love it!  And, I love the person who created the St. Patricks Day card that I took my inspiration from (sorry...I can't read the watermark on the picture I have whoever you are).

Here's a close up of the little details that just make this card sparkle!

Seriously, this card makes me smile everytime I look at it!

Everything you need to re-create this card is available in my online store (unless it's on the retiring list and has sold out).  So, head on over to my online store with the shopping list to place your order today!

Shopping List
  • Stamps (Got Treats, Sweet Essentials)
  • Ink (Tempting Turquoise, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Early Espresso)
  • Big Shot
  • Tasteful Trim Die
  • Ribbon (Ruffled-Pool Party, Natural 7/16 Trim, Linen Thread)
  • Buttons (Brights-Turquoise)
  • Dazzling Details
  • Corner Rounder Punch
  • Stampin' Dimensionals
Have an inspired day!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Best of...Flowers

Oooh...I absolutely LOVE the card I have to share today!  Do you ever get stuck on a color combination?  Right now I am absolutely loving the Pool Party/Tempting Turquoise/Crumb Cake combo.  Can't get enough of it...and have another card with the same combination to share in a couple days!

I found a card like this on Pinterest and "Stampin' Up'd" it.  Did you notice the background paper?  It's the Natural Composition Speciality DSP...why, of why did I not fall in love with this paper sooner?!?!?!?!  Each sheet is clear embossed with a pattern.  *love, swoon*

My main shape is cut with one of the window frame framelits.  You will need to cut one for a background, part of one for the side and part of another for the bottom.  To get the mottled look on the flowers, I used sponge daubers and just randomly inked up the image with the colors.  It's finished off with some fun ribbon and a little bling in the form of 2 super sparkly rhinestones!

Here's a fun tip...putting rhinestones on polka dot paper makes it a cinch to line up those rhinestones!  One on each polka dot!

I love this card and the layout so much, I just may use a version of it for my convention swaps this summer...unless I think of something else more fun!

Everything you need to re-create this card is available in my online store (unless it appears on the retired list and has sold out), so head on over to my online store witht he shopping list to place your order today!

Shopping List
  • Stamps (Best of Flowers)
  • Ink (Tempting Turquoise, Lucky Limeade)
  • Cardstock (Whisper White, Temptime Turquoise, Early Espresso)
  • DSP (Natural Composition, Pool Party-from In Color Stack)
  • Ribbon (Pool Party Ruffled, Early Espresso narrow Taffeta)
  • Basic Rhinestones
  • Big Shot & Window Frames Framelits
  • Stampin' Dimensionals
Have an inspired day!

Have an inspired day!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Happy Birthday, Man!

One of my favorite styles of card is a masculine card.  I find these one of the easiest ones for me to make.  I'm not sure if it's my love of blues and browns or my love of natural, rustic looking stuff or my love of texture on a card, but masculine cards just come naturally to me.  Good thing because there are a LOT of boys in my life!

The card I'm showing you today was designed as a birthday card, but would make a fantastic Father's Day card if you just changed out the sentiment.

I used some of my favorite "go to" masculine products for this card...Wood grain embossing folder, blues and browns, the little button brads from the Vintage Trinkets and linen thread (I love how I can make linen thread look vintagey and feminine or rustic and masculine!).

Chevron paper?  I know what you're wondering..."Where is that from", right?  Well, it's a piece of cardstock stamped with the chevron oval from the Oh, Hello set.  I stamped it once across the top of the cardstock and once across the bottom of the cardstock and the space in the middle is covered by the strip with the sentiment.  So fun!  I love when I can take something from a pretty feminine set and make it masculine.  That oval is proving to be a VERY useful stamp in my collection!

Everything you need to re-create this card is available in my online store.  Head on over there with the shopping list to place your order today!

Shopping List
  • Stamps (Oh, Hello, Wacky Wishes)
  • Ink (Soft Suede)
  • Cardstock (Midnight Muse, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake)
  • DSP (Parker's Patterns...from the spring catalog)
  • Ribbon (Not Quite Navy Taffeta, Linen Thread)
  • Vintage Trinkets (the little button brads)
  • Big Shot, Top Note Die, Woodgrain Embossing Folder
  • Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Stampin' Sponges
  • SNAIL & Multi-Purpose Adhesive
Have an inspired day!