Thursday, January 31, 2013

Greeting Card Kids

This stamp set is one of my favorite and it will most likely retire this year, so I wanted to use this cute little girl one more time on a Valentine!  Plus use up that 2 1/2 circle of Primrose Petals card stock from yesterday's card!

I try to use up my pieces and parts as soon as possible or sadly they end up in a pile never to be rescued!

I matted a piece of More Amore' designer paper on another piece of Primrose Petals card stock on a Very Vanilla card base.  The 2 1/2 circle was placed on the large doily from Delicate Doilies Sizzlet.  I stamped the girl with Black Stazon ink and colored with a Blender Pen and Pool Party, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple and Daffodil Delight classic inks.  I punched with the 1 3/4 inch Scallop Circle punch and popped this layer up on a few dimensionals.   The sentiment from Seasonal Sayings which is carrying over from the Holiday mini was inked with Raspberry Ripple and stamped.  I then embossed with the Adorning Accents Heart folder.  Tied a bow with Pool Party Ruffled ribbon and adhered to the card. 

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, check my calendar for classes!

Ingredients:

Primrose Petals Core'dinations card stock  129322  $6.95
More Amore' designer paper  (Mini catalog) 129309  $12.95
Very Vanilla card stock  101650  $8.50
Greeting Card Kids  120633  Clear $15.95,  119887  Wood  $20.95
Seasonal Sayings  128009  Clear  $16.95,  128006  Wood  $22.95
Blender Pens  102845  $9.95 (3 pens)
Pool Party classic ink  126982  $5.95
Primrose Petals classic ink  126858  $5.95
Raspberry Ripple classic ink  126859  $5.95
Daffodil Classic ink    126944  $5.95
Black Stazon ink  101406  $7.95
Delicate Doilies Sizzlet   126999  $21.95
2 1/2 inch Circle punch  120906  $16.95
1 3/4 Scallop Circle punch  119854  $16.95
Adorning Accents embossing folder  125601  $8.95 (3 folders)
Pool Party Ruffled ribbon  122975  $9.95

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Bloomin' Hummingbird

Today would have been my Mother's 90th Birthday, she has been gone since 2006, but I think of her often and her love for birds!  Mom would sit and do crafts and watch the Birds at the Bird feeders.


 


This Hummingbird from Bloomin' Marvelous is looking for some nectar in these flowers. The Primrose Petals mat is punched with the 2 1/2 circle punch, sentiment stamped and then embossed with the Vine Street embossing folder.  I sanded the leaves for that vintage look.

Lay the mat on the Whisper White card base and use a pencil to trace a faint line at the bottom right edge of the circle.  This will be your guide to stamp the flowers and leaves that will peek out from under the circle.  Stamp the  Hummingbird within this circle.  Adhere mat to card base.  Randomly stamp flowers and leaves on a 1 X 5 1/4 piece of Whisper White card stock.  Stamp 2 extra flowers to snip on a scrap of Whisper White.
 
I tied Primrose Petals satin stitched ribbon on the strip and adhered to the card front. I added the snipped flowers with dimensionals and a few pearls.

Ingredients:

Sale-a-bration items, Choose 1 FREE with a $50 purchase

Bloomin' Marvelous stamps  129654 Clear,  129651 Wood
Vine Street embossing folder  130492 

Mini catalog items:

Primrose Petals Core'dinations card stock  129322  $6.95

Big Catalog items:

Whisper White card stock 100730 $8.50
Daffodil Delight classic ink  126944  $5.95
Primrose Petals classic ink  126858  $5.95
Certainly Celery classic ink  126958  $5.95
Basic Gray classic ink  126981  $5.95
Primrose Petals satin stitched ribbon  126844  $8.95
Pearl Basic Jewels  119247  $4.95
2 1/2 Circle punch 120906  $16.95

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Petite Purse

These Petite Purses are the perfect little something for any occasion!  Fill with candy, small beauty products and even buttons for card embellishments!

Here are 2 more patterns from the Sale-a-bration paper, Sycamore Street. Love the colors and the coordination with the Sycamore Street Ribbon and Button bundle.  I also used Pretty Petites stamp set and the Petite Curly Label punch.  Eight images to add that little accent to your projects!!  The purses are so easy to cut out with the Big Shot.  I used 2 brads to attach the handle.

Ingredients:

Sale-a-bration items, spend $50 and earn 1 item FREE!!
Sycamore Street designer paper 127540
Sycamore Street Ribbon and Button bundle  130812
Pretty Petites Stamps  129642  Clear,   129639  Wood
Petite Curly Label punch  129405

Big catalog items:
Island Indigo classic ink  126986  $5.95
Tangerine Tango classic ink  126946  $5.95
Whisper White card stock  100730  $8.50
Island Indigo Bakers twine  125575  $2.95
Linen Thread  104199  $4.50

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Monday, January 28, 2013

By the Tide, Mosaic Tile Technique


Today would have been my Father's 88th Birthday, He loved getting my creations!!   And Blue was is favorite color, this one's for you Dad!

 
 
Mat measurements for the above card.  Chocolate chip 3 1/2 X 3 1/2.  Marina Mist  3 1/4 X 3 1/4.  Whisper White.  3X3.  Card Base Bashful Blue 4 1/4 X 5 1/2.  Sentiment from "Wishes your Way".
 
 
 
 "By The Tide" is a must have Masculine stamp set!  The pictures do not show the shimmer, but trust me these cards shimmer!
 
Both card uses the Mosaic Tile Technique.  This technique works well with multiple themed stamps.  Choose colors, cut your focal image in a Square and stamp.  Cut image in Half twice, them emboss with your favorite embossing folder.  Sponge edges and pop up with dimensionals on a contrasting color mat cut 1/4 inch larger than your original square.  The above mats are Whisper White 3 1/2X 3 1/2.  Island Indigo 3 3/4X 3 3/4.  Crumb Cake 4X4.  Sentiment from "Oh Hello".
 
I used the NEW  Borders Scoring Plate on both cards to create the waves.  SU has a great video to explain this new tool at www.stampinup.com/showmehow
I stamped my sentiments first before using the scoring plate.
Champagne Shimmer paint was sponged on both cards for a watery look. 
 
Ingredients:
 
By the Tide  129120 Clear $19.95,  129117 Wood, 27.95
Oh Hello 130733 Clear $18.95,  130730 Wood $25.95
Wishes Your Way  129156 Clear $13.95,  129153 Wood $17.95
Borders Scoring Plate  126192 $14.95  Mini catalog items
 
Champagne Shimmer Paint 116806 $5.95
Fancy Fan Embossing folder  127751  $7.95
Marina Mist classic ink  126962  $5.95
Soft Suede classic ink  126978  $5.95
Chocolate Chip classic ink 126979  $5.95
Crumb Cake classic ink  126975  45.95
Bashful Blue card stock  105120  $6.95
Chocolate Chip card stock  102128  $6.95
Marina Mist card stock  119682 $6.95
Soft Suede card stock  115318  $6.95
Crumb Cake card stock  120953  $6.95
Whisper White card stock  100730  $8.50
 
 
Stay tuned for more "By the Tide" cards.
 
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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Giving Back

I was not able to attend Leadership in Orlando, but wanted to share this video of the Service project Stampin' Up had planned for Demonstrators to help stuff bags for area Teacher gifts.  What an awesome company to be part of!!  I am so Blessed to be a Stampin' Up Demo and can't wait for Convention.  25 years and the Celebration has started!! 

http://youtu.be/fq8-g9XWQNE

And you too can SALE-a-brate!!  Check out the FREE items you can earn with your $50 purchase. 

Sorry I have not been creating this weekend.  A dear friend lost her Mother and I have been helping
out.  Back to more cards tomorrow!!


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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Cards for the NEXT Generation!!

Stampin' Up has really stepped out of the box lately and this video is too cute!!  Check it out!!  I think they are trying to get guys involved in stamping?  What do you think??

http://youtu.be/PpneMW6LVm8

The new Dude kit is a great way to get your guys started stamping, use as a gift or make masculine cards for the Men in your life!  Here is the Dude video, love the music!

http://youtu.be/ED18tTC7XG8

 
 
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Friday, January 25, 2013

Patterned Thanks

Here is another cute card with the Sale-a-bration set Patterned Occasions.  A very easy card using Parkers Patterns designer paper, great bright paper that can be used for any occasion.

I started with a Daffodil Delight card base, added a 2 X 5 1/2 strip of Designer paper and ran it thru the Chevron embossing folder.  I stamped the Elephant image 3 times on a 1 1/2 inch strip of Very Vanilla card stock.  I made sure the stamp was even with the edge of the clear block.  This is a good opportunity use your grid paper as a guide.  Place your card stock even with a line on the grid paper and line up your stamp.  Stamp, re-ink and move down the card stock until you have stamped all your images.  I tied Daffodil Delight stitched ribbon between the elephants, then used dimensionals to pop up the entire panel.

Ingredients:
Patterned Occasions stamp set 129624 Clear, 129621 Wood  Sale-a-bration item, Available FREE with your $50 purchase

Parkers Patterns designer paper   131021 $10.95   mini catalog

Daffodil Delight card stock  119683 $6.95  24 sheets
Very Vanilla card stock  101650  $8.50  40 sheets
Daffodil Delight grosgrain stitched ribbon  126872  $4.95
Chevron embossing folder  127749  $7.95
Not Quite Navy classic ink  126971  $5.95



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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Happy Hello Kit

This Simply Sent kit available for FREE with your $50 purchase during Sale-a-bration is one of the most beautiful kits I have seen offered at Stampin' Up.  The kit has ingredients to make 8 cards and includes 8 Fancy envelopes.  Love the color combo and the embellishments!!

Here is a closeup of what you get in this kit! I am usually not a sticker kind of girl, but I must say the quality of these stickers make them look like you are cutting and gluing and making the card totally from scratch.  So if you need some quick cards that you can make as shown or make your own, I recommend this Happy Hello Simply Sent kit.  Hello is pre-stamped on each card and the envelopes have that fancy colored flap!  Love that!
 
And you also get Baker's Twine and Rhinestones!  Stampin' Up has introduced a new Kit of the Month Subscription.  If easy pre-planned, pre-cut crafting sounds good, check out this website:  www.mypaperpumpkin.com
You can sign up and automatically get a kit delivered each month starting in March.  The March kit includes ingredients to make 4 cards, with 2 Clear Stamps!  In your First kit you will receive a size D clear block which will also fit stamps sent in future kits.  Adhesive is NOT included with your kits.  Future kits will be a surprise!  You will not know the ingredients until you open your box.  Anticipation!!
 All the details are on the Paper Pumpkin site.  If you are interested and have questions after visiting the site, leave a comment or email me at  kswanson46@comcast.net
  At the checkout process you will have the opportunity to chose me as your Demonstrator.  I will be featuring projects using the kits on this blog,so if you are NEW to stamping, this may be a GREAT way to get creative with all your ingredients in ONE BOX except adhesive!  Kits are $19.95 a month and include shipping.
If you are a seasoned stamper this may not be for you, but take a look and see what you think.  Internet Explorer can be a bit contrary with this paperpumpkin site, so you may need to use Firefox as your browser.  My computer was not liking IE, so just an FYI. 
 
 
Ingredients:

Happy Hello Simply Sent Kit  130149  Available FREE with a $50 purchase!!

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Bloomin' Marvelous Regal Rose

I switched up the colors on this card and the ribbon.  This Two-tone ribbon from the Spring mini is a must have. Another retired ribbon slide(I am trying to use them up!) But a KNOT would look just as fabulous!
 I used the Butterfly stamp from "Bloomin' Marvelous" and did you know the Butterfly punch in the mini matches the image in this stamp set?  How cool is that!! 

As soon as my punch arrives I will have a Butterfly or two fluttering across this card!  I used the Vine Street embossing folder after I stamped by images and sentiment.  Love this "Bloomin' Marvelous" stamp set, 4 stamps and 4 sentiments = tons of combinations and card possibilities!  And it is FREE during Sale-a-bration with your $50 purchase! 
 
Ingredients:
 
Sale-a-bration items  Spend $50 Choose one FREE!!
Bloomin' Marvelous 129654 Clear,  129651 Wood
Vine Street embossing folder 130492
 
 Catalog items
Regal Rose card stock  105130 $6.95
Whisper White card stock 100730 $8.50
Regal Rose classic ink  126947 $5.95
Summer Starfruit classic ink  126991  $5.95
Rhinestone Basic Jewels 119246 $4.95
Two Tone ribbon  129294  $6.95  Mini catalog
Butterfly punch  129406 $15.95 Mini catalog
 
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I am going to try and keep items marked so you can find them easily in the appropriate catalog or flyer.  BOLD will be used for SAB items
Italic for Mini items
Regular type for Big catalog items
Call me out if I mess up!  =)
 
Make this card and more at the next Stamp-a-stack Feb 9th!!  Enroll at my website!!
 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Smarty Pants X 4

IT's SALE-A-BRATION!!! It's finally time to EARN FREE stamps and accessories, My favorite time of year.  To see all the items available click the link to my online store!!  www.kathyswanson.stampinup.net


Ever since I saw these pants, I imagined them on a clothes line, so here they are....hanging out against a cloudy sky!  A snippet of Sycamore Street designer paper ties the colors all together.  The Calypso Coral Bakers twine makes a fine line for hanging out the laundry.

Cutting out the pants was a cinch! The Sycamore Street Designer paper and Island Indigo card stock were cropped with the 1 1/4 inch Square punch.  Angle your paper and take a chomp to form the V.  The sentiment was punched with the small oval punch and trimmed, then layered on a small oval of Island Indigo.  Each of the Stamps in this Sale-a-bration set has a sentiment below the image.  Did you know you can cut these apart for easier use?  Yes you can, (Clear stamps) only.  If you want the sentiment below the image, simply add it back on your clear block!  I love this option!!

Ingredients:

Sale-a-bration items:
Patterned Occasion Stamp set 129624 Clear,  129621 Wood 
Sycamore Street Designer paper  127540

Regular items:
Cloudy Day Embossing folder 127022 $7.95
Whisper White card stock  100730  $8.50
Bashful Blue card stock  105120  $6.95
Island Indigo card stock  122974  $6.95
Rich Razzleberry Classic ink   126950 $5.95
Summer Starfruit Classic ink  126991  $5.95
Island Indigo Classic ink  126986  $5.95
Calypso Coral classic ink 126983  $5.95
Small Oval punch  120908  $12.95
Calypso Coral Baker's twine  125573 $2.95

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Madison Avenue

I have been making so many cards lately my Creative juices were blocked with this stamp set.  I only used one stamp from "Madison Avenue"on this card, but the Sentiment from "Feels Good" in the Mini makes up for it!  Love all these sentiments and they make a Great Focal point. 

I did discover that the smallest Floral Frames framelits matched this stamp perfectly and the design in the Sycamore Street designer paper. So not fussy cutting on this project!

Embossing with Perfect Polka dots on the Rich Razzleberry mat and Vine Street on the Pool Party Core'dinations paper.  2 Flowers stamped with Summer Starfruit Classic ink and the middle flower, cropped from Sycamore Street paper with the framelit.  I then cut 2 more from solid Summer Starfruit and 1 from Rich Razzleberry to add behind each flower.  A Brights Brad in the center flower and Buttons from the Sycamore Street ribbons and buttons bundle tied with a snip of Pool Party Bakers twine for the stamped flowers.  All popped up on a dimensional.  Cute as a button!!

Ingredients:

Sale-a-bration items available Jan 22 with a $50 purchase!! Choose 1 per $50 purchase.
Sycamore Street Designer paper  127540
Sycamore Ribbon and Button bundle  130812
Vine Street embossing folder  130492
Madison Avenue  129660 Clear,  129657 Wood

Feels Good stamp set  129684 Clear $18.95,  129681 Wood $25.95
Whisper White card stock  100730  $8.50
Rich Razzleberry card stock  115316  $6.95
Summer Starfruit card stock  126839  $6.95
Pool Party Core'dinations card stock  129321 $6.95  12  12X12 sheets!!!!!
Summer Starfruit classic ink  126991  $5.95
Floral Frames Framelits  127012 $26.95
Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder  117335 $7.95
Brights Brads  119740  $6.95
Pool Party Bakers twine  125574  $2.95

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The Sale-a-bration Promotion goes live tomorrow!  If you are a night owl the details should be posted at 12:01 Mountain time, I'll be sleeping.  If you want a brochure of your very own and would like me to be your Demonstrator contact me at kswanson46@comcast.net

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Celebrate Feeling Sentimental





This card featuring the Ferris Wheel image has a more whimsical feel than yesterday's vintage card. The Sycamore Street designer paper has such vibrant colors and patterns and matches the ribbon from the Sycamore Street Ribbon and Button pack. 
I wanted to show you 3 of the paper patterns on this card. I cut strips 1 inch by 5 1/2.  I embossed each strip with a different embossing folder for added texture.  Polka Dots, Chevron and Square Lattice. I adhered them to the Crumb Cake card base leaving room to stamp the sentiment "Celebrate" in Island Indigo.  I added a strip of Island Indigo and Tangerine Tango ribbon to the strips. 
The Ferris Wheel was stamped in Versamark and embossed with Pewter embossing powder.  Rounded corners and matted on Island Indigo card stock and popped up on dimensionals.  Super simple and appropriate for any one's Birthday!!

Ingredients:

SAB items available Jan 22 with your $50 purchase
Feeling Sentimental Stamp set  129630 Clear,  129627 Wood
Sycamore Street designer paper  127540
Sycamore Street Ribbon and Button pack 130812

Crumb Cake card stock  120953  $6.95
Whisper White card stock  100730  $8.50
Island Indigo card stock  122974  $6.95
Island Indigo classic ink  126986  $5.95
Versamark  102283  $7.50
Pewter embossing powder  124114  $4.75
Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder  117335  $7.95
Chevron embossing folder  127749  $7.95
Square Lattice embossing folder  119976  $7.95
Corner rounder punch  119871  $6.95

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Ferris Wheel Feeling Sentimental




 
 
This Ferris Wheel is Rich Razzleberry Lishish!!  More Sycamore Street designer paper keeps the circular theme going round and round. 

The Ferris Wheel was stamped with Rich Razzleberry ink on Whisper White card stock, corner rounded and then matted on Rich Razzleberry card stock.  The sentiment was stamped in Rich Razzleberry ink on the bottom edge of the card base.  The card base was embossed with the Delicate Designs embossing folder.  This folder reminds me of bunting.  I adhered the Sycamore Street Designer paper to the card base. 

Added a 3/4 by 5 1/2 strip of Rich Razzleberry card stock to show off the daisy tape.  I placed 4 daisy's to the right and one to the left.  No use to waste 2 under the Ferris Wheel image!  I popped up the Ferris wheel and added a Rich Razzleberry Button from the Sycamore Street Ribbon and Button bundle tied with a snip of White Bakers twine.

The new Delicate Details Lace tape is a great substitute for ribbon.  It comes with 2 rolls in the above design and another wider tape, each roll is 3.28 feet and will embellish many cards.  Below is a photo of the roll of daisy tape.  It peels easily off the clear window sheet and can be re-positioned, trust me I know!!
 
 
 
Ingredients:
 
Feeling Sentimental 129630 Clear,  129627 Wood
Sycamore Street Designer paper  127540
Sycamore Street Ribbon and Button pack 130812
Sale-a-bration items available Jan 22.
 
Whisper White Card stock  100730  $8.50  40 sheets
Rich Razzleberry Card Stock  115316  $6.95  24 sheets
Rich Razzleberry Classic ink  126950  $5.95
Delicate Designs embossing folder  127023  $8.95 (2)  folders
White Baker's twine  124262  $2.95
Corner rounder punch  119871  $6.95
Delicate Details Lace Tape  130966  $9.95 (2)  rolls
 
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Friday, January 18, 2013

Feeling Sentimental Unicycle

















This Sale-a-bration stamp set screams vintage, so my first card is very vintage. The card base is Crumb Cake card stock.  The Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder was inked with Early Expresso classic ink and ran thru the Big Shot.  I cut a 4X 5 1/4 mat from First Edition Specialty paper and repeated the inked embossing folder technique.  I ripped the First Edition paper and adhered to the card base.
I embossed the Unicycle image from the stamp set with Versamark and  Early Expresso embossing powder.  Rounded the corners and adhered to a Early Expresso mat with rounded corners. 
A ticket is stamped from the stamp set "That's the Ticket" punched and pinned with a snippet of Natural 7/16 trim ribbon. 

Sale-a-bration stamp set "Feeling Sentimental"  available Jan 22nd with your $50 purchase.
129630 Clear, 129627 Wood

Ingredients:

That's the Ticket 128075 Clear $16.95,  128072 Wood $22.95
Crumb Cake card stock  120983 $6.95
Naturals Ivory card stock  101849  $7.50
Early Expresso card stock  119686  $6.95
First Edition Specialty paper  121878  $12.95
Early Expresso classic ink  126974  $5.95
Versamark  102283  $7.50
Early Expresso embossing powder  128980  $4.75
Natural 7/16 trim ribbon  129287 $6.95
Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder 120175 $7.95
Ticket Duo Builder punch 126883 $15.95
Vintage trinkets 118764 $5.95

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Bleached Butterfly

This Butterfly stamp is fast becoming a favorite!  So many possibilities, and using bleach on all our Stampin' Up colors is one I want to explore.  This card was so easy and the Monarch look was achieved with an aqua painter and a teaspoon of bleach.  I inked the stamp with Versamark and stamped on Pumpkin Pie card stock.  Early Expresso embossing powder fills in all the detail on this stamp.  Paint with bleach to remove as much color as you want.  Remove too much and simply sponge more color back.  Dry with your heat tool to prevent any bleach from transferring to your card base.  I scruffed the edges with our new distressing tool and adhered to a Early Expresso card base.  The sentiment is from Bloomin' Marvelous a Sale-a-bration stamp set available Jan 22nd with a $50 purchase.
 
Ingredients'
 
Early Expresso card stock 119686 $6.95
Pumpkin Pie card stock  105117  $6.95
Swallowtail  129216 Clear $13.95, 129213 Wood $17.95
Versamark  102283 $7.50
Early Expresso embossing powder  128980 $4.75
Early Expresso classic ink  126974  $5.95
Aquapainter 103954 $16.95 (2)
Stampin Distress Tool  127562 $4.95
Bloomin' Marvelous 129654 Clear, 129651 Wood  available Jan22
 
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Bloomin Marvelous Take 2

I love this ribbon and have been struggling to use it because it is gray. Gray can be such an elegant color if paired with the right tones. Pink is a common combo, but I wanted to go bold. So I chose Summer Starfruit!  I know this color has to grow on you, but I think this card will get those seeds germinating and you will be planting some Summer Starfruit on your next order!

This is another Sale-a-bration Stamp set that has simple images and GREAT sentiments!  I cut a card base of Basic Gray card stock.  The Whisper White mat is 4 by 5 1/4.  I stamped the flowers with Summer Starfruit ink  in 2 rows across the card making sure most of them would peek out from under this gorgeous ribbon.  The Sentiment is stamped in Basic Gray ink.  I then embossed with the Vine Street embossing folder.  This folder makes the flowers look like the are growing up this card. 

A ribbon slide was placed on a piece of 1 1/4 Two toned ribbon cut to go across the card and tuck under.  I placed a dimensional under the slide to hold the ribbon in place, then used snail adhesive to adhere the ribbon to the back of the Whisper White.  I then used Tombow adhesive to adhere the Whisper White to the Basic Gray base.  Basic Rhinestone Jewels were added and this cards truly SPARKLES!

This ribbon also comes in Pink tones, I can see this for Easter, both shades.  More to come........stayed tuned..........

Ingredients:

Vine Street embossing folder 130492
Bloomin' Marvelous Stamp set 129654 Clear,  129651 Wood
Sale-a-bration Items available Jan 22nd with a $50 purchase.

Basic Gray card stock  121044  $6.95  24 sheets
Whisper White card stock  100730  $8.50  40 sheets
Summer Starfruit classic ink  126991  $5.95
Basic Gray classic ink  126981  $5.95
1 1/4 Two Tone ribbon  129295  $6.95
Basic Rhinestone Jewels   119246  $4.95
Ribbon Slides Retired  (=  sad face!!  A knot would look just as good!

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Embossed Butterfly

 
 
 
 
 
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  When I first saw this Butterfly I knew I had to have it in my collection,  I love Butterflies and this speciment is perfect for embossing!!
I uses Naturals White card stock to take advantage of the Natural speckles allready present on this paper.  The stamp was inked up with Versamark and stamped.  Pool Party Embossing Powder was used for the main image.  An Aqua Painter and Chocolate Chip ink fills in the wings.  The Sentiment is "From My Heart" stamp set in the Big catalog.  The card base is Naturals White with a Chocolate Chip mat, I then spritzed the entire card with Chocolate Chip ink for that spattered look. 
Tomorrow we will Bleach a Butterfly!!
 
Ingredients:
 
Naturals White Card Stock 102316 $7.50 40 sheets
Chocolate Chip Card Stock  102128  $6.95 24 sheets
Chocolate Chip ink  126979  $5.95
Chocolate Chip re-inker 101065  $2.95
Versamark 102283 $7.50
Pool Party Embossing powder 129398 $4.75
From My Heart 126557 Clear $28.95,  126555 Wood $39.95
Stampin Spritzer 126185  $2.95 (2)
 
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Stampin' Up has introduced a new KIT for the Man in your life!  Very cute and available NOW in my online store!!.
Dude, You're Welcome!
 
132807  $24.95
As a guy, it’s not always easy to express yourself. You know you want to say it, but you just don’t know how. That’s why we’ve created the Dude, You’re Welcome! Kit. Quickly build a card that says just what you want it to say, whether it’s “#%&@!” because you messed up (when does that happen?), for a Special Occasion (you know the occasion), “I _____ You” (love, adore, miss, see?), or a simple “Thank You.”

We’ve got your back. Dude, you’re welcome.

 
 

Kit includes:

* Four wood-mount stamps (double-mounted) with the perfect sentiment for every occasion
* Twelve 4" x 6" postcards in four different (manly) colors
* Twelve gray envelopes
* A Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad
* An instructional guide (for the most novice stamper!)
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Bottle Cap Valentine

 
 

 
 
 
 
This card uses the Small Bottle caps flattened by the Big Shot.  Pictures will follow the description showing how to flatten the caps.
I used Basic Gray and Very Vanilla cardstock to accent this piece of More Amore' designer paper.  This sheet is designed more for a scrapbook page, but it crops down perfectly to make this card.  I sponged the edges with Basic Grey ink.  The Heart embossing folder from the Adorning accents trio of folders adds the raised hearts on the paper.  The 1/2 circle punch of Very Vanilla makes a perfect backdrop for the Red Glimmer Heart punched with the Owl punch.  This mini heart comes in so handy.  If you have any glimmer paper scraps, punch hearts before you throw them away.  Store your mini hearts in an empty button or brad container for later use.
 
 
 
 
Place your Soda Pop Top crimped edges down on a cutting plate on the lowest platform of you Big Shot.  Add a top cutting plate and roll thru the Big Shot.  Remove top cutting plate and turn Soda Pop Top over(sharp edges will now be on the back).  It is ready to embellish!!
 
Ingredients:
 
More Amore' Designer Paper  129309 $12.95
Basic Gray card stock  121044 $6.95  24 sheets
Very Vanilla card stock  101650  $8.50  40 sheets
Adorning Accents embossing folders 125601 $8.95
1/2 Circle punch  119869  $5.95
Owl Punch 118074  $16.95
Basic Gray classic ink  126981 $5.95
Red Glimmer paper  121790 $4.95
Soda Pop Tops 129388 $3.95
 
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This card uses the Small Bottle caps flattened with the Big Shot. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Miss You Bird

Another Bird card and it's a Valentine!  This mailbox made me think of the Postage Punch which has not been used for a long time.  The Sentiment on the stamp is "miss you", perfect for the postage theme, but I stamped crooked!!  And as I always say "we can fix this!"  So a Valentine was born!
I used the new Valentine Special set and punched it out with the small Oval punch and layered it on some Real Red card stock and covered up the slanted sentiment!  No one will ever know, except my Blog followers!
 
I used some new Spring Occasions Mini items on this card.  More Amore' designer paper and the Hearts a Flutter Bundle.  I stamped 3 different hearts in Real Red Classic ink on Whisper White card stock.  The Framelits make cutting out images a snap with the Big Shot.  Buy the Stamps and Framelits in a bundle and save 15%!
 The Pool Party edges were embossed with the new embossing folder Needlepoint Border.  You get 2 folders, the stitched scalloped edge pictured and cross stitch.  I popped up the hearts on the Real Red Postage stamps.  Valentine on it's way!!  The Birdie is colored with a Pool Party marker and a touch of More Mustard marker on his beak!
 
Ingredients
 
Hearts A Flutter Bundle  131097 Clear $36.95,  131098 Wood $42.95
For the Birds 126407 Clear $24.95,  126405 Wood $32.95
Valentine Stamp Special  $9.95
More Amore Designer paper  129309 $12.50
Pool Party Core'dinations card stock 129321 $6.95  12 12X12 sheets
Real Red card stock  102482 $6.95
Whisper White card stock  100730 $8.50 40 sheets
Needlepoint Borders embossing folder  129383 $7.95
Postage stamp punch  122344 $15.95
Small Oval punch 120908 $12.95
Pool Party Marker  123002 $14.95 for 5 INcolor markers
More Mustard marker 119701 $28.95 Regals Collection/10 markers
 
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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Ticket to Your Heart


"That's the Ticket" is a new Stamp set in the Mini with lots of Seasonal Sentiments.  Lots of texture on this card.  The Large Heart was cut with the Hearts Collection Framelits, the Small Heart with Heart a Flutter Framelits which includes small hearts and banners.  The Primrose petals Core'dinations paper was run thru the Bigshot with the Lacy Brocade embossing folder and sanded.  Love this look and color!!  The doily was cut with Delicate Doilies Sizzlits Die. 
The tickets were stamped with Primrose Petals classic ink and punched out with the ticket punch.  I used White Bakers twine to string them together.  HMMMM, I wonder if this stamp fits within the ticket wheel?  I'll have to check that out my next trip to the craft room.

Wow it fits perfectly!! Too lazy to change the card, but you can see above that the punched ticket images fit nicely on the wheeled tickets!  Pop them up, personalize and the wheeled tickets are simple to snip out with your scissors.  I feel so much better knowing I can get the continuous ticket look!

The ribbon is from the mini and is iridescent in person, seeing lots of projects using this ribbon.  I layered it all on a whisper white mat embossed with the Fancy Fan folder and a Pink Pirouette card base.  A frilly Valentine for your Loved one!

Ingredients:

That's the Ticket  128075 $16.95 Clear,  128072 $22.95 Wood
Hearts A Flutter Framelits  130159  $24.95
Primrose Petals Core'dinations  129322  $6.95  12 12X12 sheets
1 1/4 Two Tone Ribbon  129294  $6.95 
ALL Spring Mini items in Bold, check the sidebar to view the entire catalog.

Pink Pirouette Card stock  111351  $6.95  24 sheets
Whisper White Card stock  100730  $8.50  40 sheets
Primrose Petals classic ink  126858  $5.95
Hearts Collection Framelits  125599  $26.95
Delicate Doilies Sizzlet Die  126999  $21.95
Fancy Fan Embossing folder  127751  $7.95
Lacy Brocade Embossing folder  127819  $7.95
Ticket Punch  126883  $15.95

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Calypso Coral Collage


I could use this Tea for Two paper all day long!  The colors are so soft and Springtime!  We have Bottle caps and a stamp set to match, more sample coming soon.  I wanted to get ONE made and out here as soon as possible.  Enlarge the card and you can see all the details.   Notice the difference in the first bottle cap and the one below?  The Mini catalog showed version 2, but how do you get that?  With the BIG SHOT!!  Place the bottle caps "edges down" on a cutting plate.  Your platform should be on the lowest platform.  Add cutting plate and roll thru.  It will feel like NOTHING is happening, BUT your bottle cap will now be flattened perfectly and much more mailing friendly!! =)

The new Needlepoint Border embossing folder adds some interest where the paper meets the Very Vanilla card stock.  The Tea for Two paper was embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  When you are unsure what to use, reach for the Polka dots, just enough texture without compromising your pattern.

The flower image in the new stamp set Collage Curios mirrored the flower in the designer paper.  I inked it up with the Calypso Coral marker and stamped on Very Vanilla card stock.  I inked the word image in Crumb Cake and stamped over the Flower. Then inked the ring image in Early Expresso and stamped again.  Punched with the 1 inch circle and it fits in the Bottle cap, a glue dot holds it in place.  The larger flower was stamped and cut the the Secret Garden stamp set and framelit bundle.  Stamped with Versamark and clear embossing powder on Calypso Coral card stock.  A Pearl in the middle and a bow of Calypso Coral Bakers twine finish the card. 

Ingredients:

Very Vanilla Card stock 101650 $8.50 40 sheets
Calypso Coral Card stock  122925 $6.95
Tea for Two Designer paper  129311 $10.95
Collage Curios 129102  $15.95 Clear,   129099 $20.95 Wood
Soda Pop Tops 129388 $3.95 (16) 2 sizes
Needlepoint Embossing folder 129383 $7.95
Perfect Polka Dots Embossing folder  117335 $7.95
1 inch Circle punch 119868  $12.95
Secret Garden Bundle  131099 $36.95 Clear, 
131100  $42.95 Wood
Versamark  102283 $7.50
Clear Embossing powder  109130 $4.75
Calypso Coral Marker  123002 $14.95 set of 5 incolors
Early Expresso Marker 119680  $3.50
Crumb Cake Marker  120967  $3.50
Calypso Coral Bakers twine 125573 $2.95

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Patterned Thank You

This card uses 3 Sale-a-bration items.
Patterned Occasions stamp set, Sycamore Street designer paper and a NEW embossing folder Vine Street!  Sale-a-bration runs Jan 22-March 22, so plan your purchases and earn several FREE items during this sale.

The card base is Pool Party and it is embossed with the Vine Street embossing folder.  The Sycamore Street Designer paper is also embossed with the same folder.  I slipped a doily in between the layers.  The faux ribbon is a 1/2 inch strip of Summer Starfruit card stock, scruffed with our new distress tool and fishtailed on the ends.  This technique is from a 2012 Convention swap I have been wanting to try.
The Patterned Elephant was stamped with Island Indigo classic ink and punched with the Scallop Circle punch.   Punch a 2 1/2 circle from Island Indigo card stock and layer.  A So Saffron Button adorns the flower from his trunk.  Cute and Simple card!

Ingredients:

Patterned Occasions stamp set 129624 Clear,  129621 Wood
Vine Street embossing folder  130492
Sycamore Street Designer paper 127540
Sale-a-bration items available Jan 22nd-Mar 22nd with your $50 purchase.

Whisper White card stock  100730  $8.50  40 sheets
Summer Starfruit card stock  126839  $6.95  24 sheets
Island Indigo card stock  122923  $6.95  24 sheets
Island Indigo classic ink  126986  $5.95
2 1/2 Circle punch  120906  $16.95
1 3/4 Scallop Circle punch  119854  $16.95
Subtles Buttons  119745  $8.95
Stampin Distress tool  127562  $4.95

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Patterned Birthday

Today's pattern "Sneak" peak is a Birthday cupcake!  Earn this stamp set Patterned Occasions FREE during Sale-a-bration with a $50 purchase starting Jan 22nd.

This card is super simple and quick.  The mat is Daffodil delight card stock embossed with the Square Lattice embossing folder.  I punched 3 circles with the 2 1/2 inch circle punch.  Embossed the Lucky Limeade card stock with the Chevron embossing folder, the Pacific Point circle with the Argyle embossing folder and the Designer paper(Sycamore Street another Sale-a-bration item) with the Perfect Polka dots embossing folder.
The cupcake stamp was colored with Stampin' markers Pacific Point, Lucky Limeade, Melon Mambo and Daffodil delight.  Color quick and HUFF to add some moisture, then stamp.  The cupcake was punched with the 1 3/4 inch circle punch and popped up on the Pacific Point circle.  Layer your circles and this card is done!!

Ingredients:

Patterned Occasions  129624 Clear,  129621 Wood
Sycamore Street Designer paper  127540
Sale-a-bration items, available Jan 22-Mar 22nd with your $50 purchase

Whisper White card stock
Lucky Limeade card stock  122926  $6.95
Pacific Point card stock  111350  $6.95
Daffodil Delight card stock  119683  $6.95
Lucky Limeade marker  123002 In color set of 5  $14.95
Daffodil Delight marker  119677  $3.50
Pacific Point marker  Brights Collection  119702  10 markers  $28.95
Melon Mambo marker  Brights Collection  (Sorry some markers are not sold individually)
2 1/2 circle punch  120906  $16.95
1 3/4 circle punch  119850  $16.95
Chevron embossing folder  127749  $7.95
Argyle embossing folder  127750  $7.95
Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder  117335  $7.95
Square Lattice embossing folder  119976  $7.95

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Patterned Pants

This card offers a "Sneak" peak of a Sale-a-bration Stamp set called Patterned Occasions.  I will be blogging more cards showing the different stamps in this set.  Spend $50 and you can earn this stamp set for FREE when Sale-a-bration starts on Jan. 22nd!!
Lots of Spring Occasion Mini items are in this card.  I started with a Whisper White base.  The mat is a 4 X 51/4 piece of Parker's Patterns Designer paper.  A very colorful, retro, fun paper!! I ran it thru the Chevron embossing folder, but it is difficult to see in this picture since the paper is a tighter chevron patter.  The Smarty pants were stamped in Not Quite Navy ink and cut out with the Window Frames Collection Framelits.  Step up a size and cut another frame from Not Quite Navy card stock.  Emboss with Square Lattice embossing folder.  Lastly I embellished with a strip of new Natural 7/16 Trim ribbon and a Daffodil Delight Button!

Ingredients:

Patterned Occasions 129624  Clear,  129621 Wood  available Jan 22nd- March 22nd with your $50 purchase

Whisper White card stock  100730  $8.50  40 sheets
Not Quite Navy card stock  101722  $6.95  24 sheets
Not Quite classic ink  126971  $5.95
Parker's Patterns designer paper  131021  $10.95
Window Frames Collection Framelits  129021  $26.95
Natural 7/16 Trim Ribbon  129287  $6.95
Chevron embossing folder  127749  $7.95
Square Lattice embossing folder  119976  $7.95
Brights Designer Buttons  119747  $8.95

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Valentine Simply Sent Bundle



I wanted to share actual pictures of the Valentine Specials available until Jan. 21st.  Great ideas to make your Valentines in a Snap.  This Simply Sent kit is FREE when you purchase the stamp set for $9.95.  This Stamp set is available in clear only.  4 Great sentiments perfect for Valentines and All Occasion Cards.
 The Designer paper is pre-scored and reversible!!  Both patterns shown here.   Top photo is using the bakers twine and paper buttons included in the kit.

The Below photo shows the inside sheet stamped with one of the stamps from the Stamp set.  I decorated the outside with a small doily and a Flower stamped and cut from the Secret Garden Bundle.  Click the side bar for all the details on this Special!!


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Check the sidebar to see all the stamps in this set, order # 132242  $9.95


Sunday, January 6, 2013

Valentine Treat Bundle

This card was the FREE card at my Mini Marathon on Jan 5th!!  Sorry you missed it, but you can still make this card at the next Stamp a Stack.  Check the calendar and rsvp!

This card uses the Single Heart Stamp on Special!  Stamped in Real Red on Whisper White and punched with the Heart Punch.  The Fabric Heart was cut with the Hearts Framelits.  Real Red Core'dination card stock was embossed with the Lacy Brocade embossing folder and sanded.  Adhere to a Whisper White card base.  Add one of our new Doilies for the Lacy Look.  I used Tombow multi adhesive to glue the fabric and popped up the Stamped Heart with a Stampin' dimensional.
Here are 2 projects using the Valentine Treat Bundle available until Jan. 21st!  This bundle comes with the single Heart stamp and a package of 50 1X8 treat tubes.  These treat tubes hold M&Ms, Licorice, pencils and tons of other items.  This Stamp is a single clear stamp and fits with the Heart punch!
I stamped 2 hearts with Real Red ink on Whisper White card stock and punched with the Heart punch.  I added 2 packs of Smarties to the treat tube.  Tied it off with some of our Valentine Fabric and used Hearts a Flutter Framelits for the Scalloped Heart to frame my Stamped Hearts.  Glued one heart directly to the treat tube and popped the other one up on the Scalloped Heart.  

Ingredients:
Valentine Bundle  132771  $5.95  Check the flyer on the sidebar
Whisper White card stock  100730 $8.50  40 sheets
Real Red Core'dinations card stock  129320  $6.95  12  12X12 sheets
Real Red classic ink  126949  $5.95
Full Heart punch  119883  $16.95
Lacy Brocade embossing folder  127819  $7.95
Paper Doilies  129399  $2.95
More Amore Designer Fabric  129307 $9.95 3 fat quarters 3 patterns!!
Hearts a Flutter Framelits  130159  $24.95
Hearts Collection Framelits  125599  $26.95




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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Pinwheels



Taking a Bird Break and showcasing some new paper from the Spring Mini which is available to shop NOW!!!  Check it out on my website:  www.kathyswanson.stampinup.net

The paper is Tea for Two and the colors are subtle yet luscious!  Calypso Coral background makes the pinwheel pop.  The designer paper was embossed with the Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder to compliment the Polka Dots in the actual pinwheel.  This Pinwheel Die makes such a simple element for your cards and is very affordable,  This paper is designed to fit perfectly! 

I broke out another new embossing folder, Needlepoint Border!  LOVE it, two border folders for the price of one!  The Sentiment is from Wishes Your Way designed to partner with the Pinwheel die.

Ingredients:

Pinwheel Sizzlits Die  129411  $4.95
Wishes Your Way  129156  $13.95 Clear,   129153 $17.95 Wood
Tea for Two Designer Paper  129311  $10.95
Needlepoint Border embossing folder  129383 $7.95  (2)
Calypso Coral card stock  122925  $6.95
Very Vanilla card stock  101650  $8.50  40 sheets
Early Expresso classic ink  126974  $5.95
Brights Brads 119740 $6.95


Here's another version, more masculine!


Finally I have the Spring Mini button added to the sidebar and the supply list for all the projects also!  Woo Hoo!  Thanks to Websbyamy for providing the code for this button!