Friday, October 31, 2008

Awesome Holiday Idea....

Hi everyone! Look what I just made! It's a Pop Up Gift Card Holder! And it was super easy!!!

It's a great way to use up some of the old holiday paper because if you're like me... you have A LOT!

Here's what you do:
1. Cut a piece of 12x12 paper to 4x12

2. Score at 4 inches on both ends (you should now have three equal squares on your paper)

3. Fold in the middle square to make a flap on the inside

4. Take your gift card and lay it with the short side on the crease and using a craft knife, cut a slit big enough for the gift card to slide into.

5. Flip your paper over to the back and put adhesive on the edges of the middle panel to hold the pocket together, don't put any adhesive in the middle to prevent the gift card not sliding all the way in.

6. Cut a piece of card stock 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 for the back and adhere.

7. Decorate as desired!

Here is the inside of my card! I left the middle circle empty so that I can sign it when I know who I will be giving it to!



I'm ALIVE!!!

Happy Halloween everyone! You've probably been wondering where I've been hiding lately!! Well, actually, I've just been really busy.... BUT this past weekend I went to my grandparent's house and had a stamping weekend with my mom and aunt!

We had a blast! The only thing that got in my way was the fact that I had a dance workshop thrown into Saturday morning/afternoon. I did manage to get several cards and a set of Christmas gift tags done!

I thought today would be a great day to show you what I made while I was there!

Starting with my first image of this post... I loooove this Halloween set by Inkadinkado. It's my mom's set (you know you always love sets that aren't your own!) and I think the image is just really neat.

I heat embossed the main image and then took a sponge dauber and sponged Kiwi Kiss ink over top of it. I like the interest it gave to the card.

The spider brads were a gift from my Secret Sister over on Splitcoast Stampers. Aren't they adorable???

Here's the rest of the deets:
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Basic Black, Basic Grey, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Ghostly Greetings dp (all SU!)
Ink: Versamark (SU!)

Stamps: Inkadinkado
Accessories: Pumpkin Pie Striped Ribbon (SU!), Jumbo Eyelet (SU!), Spider Brads (unknown vendor)

Here is another card I made while I was out of town. I made this one for the AAA swap on Splitcoast Stampers.

We were to make a card using our secret pal's two favorite fall colors. Mine's were red & orange... so, I kiiiiinda cheated. I used Really Rust which is a shade of red... or orange... or both... and More Mustard which I just love with Really Rust... so, I just cheated a little bit!

I am in love with this Autumn Vine designer paper from Stampin' Up! The colors and prints are just soooo pretty! You should buy some... haha!

The ribbon is some I found at... of all places... Wal-Mart! I hadn't ventured into their craft section in quite awhile because they never have anything! So, last week, I decided to check out their ribbon selection...and to my surprise, they actually had some cute ribbon for a great price!

Again, I used my mom's stamp set... Pocket Silhouettes... another set I love and might have to buy for myself!

Paper: Really Rust, More Mustard, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Autumn Vine dp (all SU!)
Ink: More Mustard & Really Rust (Su!)

Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes (SU!)
Accessories: Brown Polka Dotted Ribbon (Offray)

My next card is one that looks great in person, but the photo kind of looks blaaaaah.... depending on the way the light hits the stickles, in this case, it hit's it and makes it look like a mess!

Anyway... I love this set, Lovely as a Tree by Stampin' Up. And again, it's my mom's set... haha!

I thought it would make a pretty Christmas card, especially with the stickles making it look like there's ice on the trees.

I used Stampin' Up's Ski Slope paper on this design... another set of dp that you must have... it's beautiful!

Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Ski Slope dp (all SU!)
Ink: Stazon Brown

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree (SU!)
Accessories: 1'' circle punch (SU!), 1 1/2'' circle punch (SU!), 1 3/8'' circle punch (SU!), Stickles (Ranger),

This next card uses an old Hostess set that my aunt has. I wish they still offered this set because it's so cute!

You can't see it, but the trees in the middle of the sentiments have crystal effects on them to make them pop!

I achieved the 2 color look by stamping in chocolate chip and then stamping in kiwi kiss and using a 3/4'' circle punch to punch the tree out.

Again, I used my Wal-Mart ribbon.. haha! And the Ski Slope paper... I love it!
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Ski Slope DP (SU!)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss (SU!)
Stamps: Riveting (SU!)
Accessories: 3/4'' circle punch (SU!), 1 1/2'' circle punch (SU!), 1 3/8'' circle punch (SU!), Scallop circle punch (SU!), Brown Polka Dotted Ribbon (Offray), Crystal Effects (SU!)

And finally, here is a card I made using Snow Swirled. It's my aunt's set and I really loved using it!

I stamped the tree in Sage Shadow and then used Always Artichoke to accent the star at the top and the ornaments on the tree. I also put stickles to make it stand out more.

I used the Negative Cuttlebug technique to achieve my background.

The designer paper is Wintergreen by SU!. It's no longer in their catty, but I have a ton of it and I'm trying to use it up!

Paper: Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Always Artichoke, Sage Shadow, Wintergreen Dp (SU!)
Stamps: Snow Swirled (SU!)
Ink: Sage Shadow, Always Artichoke (SU!)
Accessories: Cuttlebug (ProvoCraft), Snowflakes embossing folder (ProvoCraft), Stickles (Ranger), Sage Shadow grosgrain ribbon (SU!)

Alright... I think I'm caught up on my posts now! Time to go stamp :)


Monday, October 20, 2008

Brrrr... Cold Monday Morning!

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I thought it was the perfect opportunity to play with one of my new sets, Flower Fancy. It's a two-step stamp set and I really love the look it gives!

I used the reverse cuttlebug effect for the bottom panel, it's pink pirouette paper and I inked the embossing folder up with purely pomegranant on the negative side and ran it through my cuttlebug... Viola!

Card Details:
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Baja Blue, Whisper White (all SU!)
Stamps: Flower Fancy (SU!)
Ink: Purely Pomegranant, Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette (SU!)
Accessories: Wide Brown Ribbon (Satin Essentials), Dimensionals (Glue Dots), Stickles (Ranger)

Have a wonderful day!!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Sweet Pink...

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Happy Wednesday! Today's card was inspired by yesterday's color challenge on Splitcoast Stampers. We were to use Pink Pirouette & Basic Black.. obviously I added to that a little bit!

I love this designer paper by Basic Grey... it's the Two Scoops line and it's so fun!
I don't have the Pink Pirouette ribbon yet, so I used Pretty in Pink which ended up matching surprisingly well!

I went waaaay back and found a scrap of Buckaroo Blue for the bottom layer of the dp... remember that color? It's been like 2 years ago since that was current! It's still a great color though and I was happy that I found a scrap of it to use, it matches the dp perfectly!

Card Details:
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Buckaroo Blue, Basic Black, Regal Rose, Watercolor Paper, Whisper White (all SU!), Two Scoops Dp (Basic Grey)
Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes (SU!)
Ink: Stazon Jet Black
Accessories: SU Markers (SU!), Blender Pens (SU!), Pretty in Pink Grosgrain Ribbon (SU!)

Remember, Stampin' Up is running their Birthday Promotion and when you spend just $20 on any SU Products, you can get one of several selected birthday sets for 20% off, including the one used on this card! Please feel free to contact me with any questions!


Monday, October 13, 2008

Stair Step Holiday!

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Today's challenge on Splitcoast Stampers was to make a stair step card! This was really fun!! Unfortunately, the picture doesn't quite do it justice!
I struggled with an idea, but then decided a Christmas theme would work pretty good, so this is what I came up with!

The main sentiment on the front is a $1 wooden stamp I got at AC Moore last year.

Card Details:
Paper: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Real Red, Old Olive, Dashing DP (all SU!)
Stamps: Season of Joy (SU!), $1 wood stamp
Ink: Real Red, Old Olive (SU!)
Accessories: Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon (SU!), Silver Brads (Making Memories), Old Olive & Real Red Marker (SU!)

I am hoping to get another card done today, if I get it... I will post it! Have a wonderful day!


Monday, October 6, 2008

Birthday Bonanza!

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This is using the sketch challenge that will be found over on Sketches By Tamarah on Thursday. I love giving sneak peeks! Make sure you head over there on Thursday to play and make your own card using her sketch!

Anyway, back to the birthdays... I have another student assistant who's birthday is on Saturday, my dad's birthday is on Sunday... then I have 2 more student assistants with birthdays on the 25th & 26th... so I'll be making a lot of birthday cards in the coming days!

For this card, I decided to utilize my new in-colors which I haven't really played with exclusively. I knew I wanted to use Pacific Point because the color is just so vibrant & fun! I matched it up with Pink Pirouette & Baja Blue and came out with this!

I also pulled out 2 unloved sets, Big Flowers & Little Flowers... both are very versatile and I don't know why I haven't used them in so long!

Card Details:
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Baja Blue, Pacific Point, Whisper White (SU!)
Stamps: Big Flowers, Little Flowers, Upsy Daisy (SU!)
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Baja Blue, Pacific Point (SU!)
Accessories: Pacific Point Ribbon (SU!), Sugar Coated Brads (Doodlebug Designs), Scallop Circle Punch (SU!), 1 3/8'' Circle Punch (SU!), 1 1/2'' Circle Punch (Paper Shapers), Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (ProvoCraft), Cuttlebug (ProvoCraft)

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful Monday!!!


Friday, October 3, 2008

No No No... Embellishments!

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Today's challenge on Splitcoast Stampers was to make a card with NO embellishments! Whew, was this tough! You don't know how badly I wanted to put ribbon or brads on this card!! I resisted though... here is what I came up with!

I used Julee's mojo sketch #55 as my layout and I made "faux" brads since we couldn't use real ones out of DP!

Card Details:

Paper: Riding Hood Red, Always Artichoke, Baja Blue, Old Olive, Very Vanilla (SU!), Figgy Pudding Dp (Basic Grey)
Stamps: Season of Joy (SU!)
Ink: Old Olive (SU!)
Accessories: Cuttlebug (ProvoCraft), Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (ProvoCraft)

I hope you have a great Friday & a wonderful weekend! Hopefully I will get to stamp... but right now I'm off to clean my house!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Fall Dreams

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Hi everyone! Today's challenge on Splitcoast Stampers was to make a card using a quote or poem.
I went straight to my Live Your Dream set, it's one of my favorites!
The sketch is based on the October SheetLoad of Cards issue, you should definately go check it out!
I used my scallop circle punch to make the scallop around the outside of the card... I don't have the scallop border punch yet, but believe me... it's on my list of things to get! I decided I wanted to make a fall card, so I pulled out some scraps of my Fall Flowers DP. I only have a little bit of it left and I'm sad... I really loved this paper! The colors were so great together... but oh well!
Card Details:
Paper: Old Olive, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky, Really Rust, Whisper White, Fall Flowers Dp (all SU!)
Stamps: Live Your Dream (SU!)
Ink: Really Rust & Old Olive (SU!)
Accessories: Scallop Circle punch (SU!), 1 3/8'' circle punch (SU!), 1 1/2'' circle punch (Paper Shapers), Kraft Taffeta Ribbon (SU!), Old Olive Marker (SU!)
I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Want Some Blog Candy?

Holly is giving away TWO 4x6 stamp sets from There She Goes! All you have to do is leave a comment with your favorite candy! You must get your comments in by Friday evening!

Good luck!

Fall Butterflies

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Hi everyone, happy hump day! I'm actually not feeling very well today, I think I'm coming down with a stupid sinus infection... baaah!
Anyway, I was able to stamp this morning. I combined the color challenge and sketch challenge from this week on Splitcoast Stampers.
I pulled out my Verve Visual butterflies to make this card.
The velvet ribbon was a $1 find at Michaels and I was really excited this morning when I saw that it matches Baja Breeze almost perfectly! This is great because I don't have the Baja ribbon yet!
Overall I like how this card came out, the colors were a little hard for me to work with and I changed them around several times, but overall I think it came out ok!
Card Details:
Paper: Baja Breeze, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Au Chocolate DP (all SU!)
Stamps: Fluttering By (Verve Visual)
Ink: Baja Breeze, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip (SU!)
Accessories: Velvet ribbon (Wright's Prestige Ribbon)
Have a great Wednesday!