Saturday, May 31, 2014

5 Sheet Wonder

Here are examples of five of the (10) designs found in the Stampin Up Five Sheet Wonder packet designed by Lee Ann Greff.  I also have her  Four Sheet  Wonder pack.  These well-designed packets minimize paper waste, and create some wonderful variations in design.  These cards were all created with  Stampin Up products.   For more information on these techniques and to order supplies, my SU demonstrator is Kathy Legan.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Over the Top

This card was made following the dimensions and instructions at Joan's Touch, and created exclusively for this week's Challenge #15.  We were to use cardstock for color, a stamp that stuck above the folded stand-up card, and add a sentiment. I used the red cardstock as a base embossed with a bubbles EF, and die cut the digi-stamp Little Miss with the wonderful perforated edge of one of the dies in the Radiant Rectangles Spellbinders S5-161 set.  The sentiment is stamped with Congratulations from the Just Right Large Fancy Sentiments Stampset.  It is die cut with Just Rite Custom Dies Vintage Labels 4  JB4300.  These products are available at Joan's Gardens.  

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


I followed a fun tutorial written by Korin Sutherland at Split Coast Stampers called Die Cut Stencils.  The Die I used was Spellbinders Borderabilities S5-180.  After I sponged and shaded the stencil's mask, I cut out the diecuts, and adhered them over the color for a  twist on this idea.  The  Stamps I used for this Card are from  SU Simple Stems and Petite Pairs.  MANY many possibilities with this technique for someone who owns VERYfe stencils!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Thinking of You

I used one of Elizabeth Bell's digital graphics for this black and white card created exclusively for the Joan's Touch  Challenge #14.  We were to use black and white, a die, and embellishments.  The  die I used for the card front is Spellbinders S4-409, Gold Majesty Circles.  And the Thinking of You stamp is by Just  Rite  Stamps in their Large Fancy Sentiments collection (that has some teeny fancy sentiments in it too!)  The SU rhinestones and black satin bow finish the front.  The dies and stamps I used for this card can be purchased at At Joan's Gardens.

You Make Me Smile

A Thank You, or a birthday, or just for fun...this You Make Me Smile card is created with Recollections (Michaels) Washi Tape, SU's flower border sticker embellishment, the  Bitty Banners banner framelits die (SU 129267), and the A Round Array stamp (SU# 129090) "you make me smile."  My SU demonstrator is Kathy Legan.  The adorable little party animal is Henry Mouse,  by  Whiff of Joy Graphics.  He is colored with pencils and finished in Gamsol. This was a VERY quick and easy --almost instant--card.  Sweet and simple and uncluttered.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Butterfly Blacks

This card was created exclusively for the Joan's  Touch  Challenge #14.  We are to use a die, embellishments and use black on the card.  For this card I used Spellbinders S4-409 Gold Majesty  Circle dies, the beautiful FRA9155 Monarch Butterfly by Frantic Stamper Dies, and a Graphic 45 stamp from the Sweet Sentiments (Spring) stampset.  "The gifts of  Spring cause much delight, warm sun shines over your pathway bright."
  The card front is also die cut from the  Gold Majesty set, and the black cut is slightly off-set to border the die with white. The inside of the card is faced with gray paper and the sentiment on the   Gold Majesty Circle is cut  with a Marvy Uchida tag punch accented with a square rhinestone.  Inside a border accent was added, a Martha Stewart Butterfly Border punch. The Dies, papers and Graphic 45 supplies are available at Joan's Gardens, and the beautiful butterfly die was my gift from  Terri at the Gardens for being the lucky winner of Challenge #8.  It is embellished, or burnished lightly with Gold Inka  Gold paint.  Thank you Joan and Terri for the fun, and for this black and die challenge this week.

This card is really white, black and gray, but the color didn't come out true on the butterfly which I reposted when I realized I hadn't put on the gold rhinestones!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Just Rite Irises

I really love this beautiful Just Rite Stamp, "Irises" (and the accompanying Vintage Labels 4 (JB04300) dies that match them).  For this card I colored the stamp with Staedtler Ergo Soft Aquarell watercolor pencils.  It is layered above Cheery Lynn  Designs  Frame  Die  French Lattice Small  Frame (FRM132).  The stamp is very lightly outlined with Clear Star Gelly Roll pen.  

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Graduation Day, 2014

Our cousin's grand-daughter is graduating soon from Ayala HS in  So Cal.  This is the card, and gift card holder I made for her.  The graduate is a digitally painted graphic designed by  Sassy  Studio Designs and cut with  Spellbinders S5-59 Gold Labels 4. The Sentiment Circle follows a Photoshop tutorial by Jen White in the Feb Premier at Scrappers Guide and includes another circular sentiment with a mortar board on it designed by  Tracy  Wray.  The gift card holder follows a tutorial written in 2008 by PatStamps.

The sentiment in the gift card holder is the Ari  Pencovici quotation:   "Graduation is only a concept.  In real life every day you graduate.  Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life.  If you can grasp that, you'll make a difference."  And the sentiment inside the card includes the Thoreau quotation, "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined. 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Stamping and Punching!

These three cards are made with Stampin Up products.  The  Birthday Mouse graphic is by Whiff of Joy Graphics. He is embossed with  SU's Iridescent Ice EP.  The Birthday banner on that card is from Itty  Bitty  Banners stamp and die set at  SU and the EF for that card is the Chevron folder.  
The Congratulations Card is watermark stamped paper and then punched with the Pansy Punch.  The little flowers and pearl centers are by SU from Petite Petals punch and stampset.  The Congratulations Banner is from Sassy Salutations stampset.   
The "hello" card is mounted on paper embossed with SU   Fancy Fan EF, stamped and punched (with 2 scalloped circle punches) from the Polka Dot Pieces stampset.  All papers are from the various SU paper collections in the 2013-2014 regular SU  Catalog.  My SU demonstrator is Kathy Legan  and these cards were started as she trained one of her newest downline demonstrators at that demonstrators first party.The decorative corner on the birthday card is punched with the deco corner on the We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-Dile Deco and  Stub punch.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Standing Shapes for Lorraine

This fun card follows a  Split Coast Stampers Tutorial by Laura Lipe for Standing Shapes.  The floating cupcakes were designed by Maurine Stettler (Digital Scrapbooking Studio, February 2013 Recipe Starter kit).  I used Spellbinders S5-030 die to cut out SU Stamp "Celebrate" from Seasonal Sayings collection. The glitter cupcakes on the card, front and gold bead-trim inside are Stickers from Pop-Ups Etc.  The embossing folder Happy Birthday is by Cuttlebug.  I distressed the edges with Tim Holtz Distressing tool.  The card insert edges are cut with shaping scissors.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Butterfly Stencil

I created this card for Joan's Touch, Challenge #13, to use a stencil, offset shadowed if you wish, and two patterned papers. I only own two stencils, and the one I used for this card is from the Netherlands, DE04 by Make Me, a deco-embossing stencil.  It has a couple of frames on it, one used here, and balloons tied with a ribbon in the center that you can stencil in.  I used a patterned paper and inked the stencil first with Bermuda Bay (SU) blue ink, and the balloons with bright yellow.  Then I moved the stencil and Brushed on  Viva Modeling Cream to offset the color.  The other "patterned paper" was created by embossing yellow cardstock with Tim Holtz Damask and Regal Flourishes Texture Fades embossing folder (Sizzix 656648).  This I burnished lightly with Viva's Inka Gold Silver.  The butterfly is cut from Spellbinders S4-395 Les Papillions2 dies. It's tied with a flat yellow organza bow.  This card has a shiny, sheer, dainty finish on it, and is really quite pretty.   

 I do have a "photo-folio book" started and am working with some Paper Perfect paste for a design on that for later in the week.  All of the dies, embossing folders, and modeling compounds for a card like mine can be purchased at Joan's Gardens  But the most amazing thing I used on this card was the PHENEMONAL Tool N One from Spellbinders (via Joans Gardens, --thank you Terri!).  This great little tool (and mat) makes getting those teeny pieces out of delicate and intricate dies a SNAP!  WHERE has this tool been!

  This is NOT an easy challenge, Joan; thank you for the tips and tricks for working with stencils. 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Thinking of you Butterfly

This card is created exclusively for the challenge (#12) at Joan's Touch, where we are to use an embossing folder, (inked if we'd like to and butterflies)  The butterflies can be found in a sticker (Walmart) and  on Washi Tape.  The background mat I embossed with a SU tulip border embossing folder. That was Core-din-ations paper. I inked it lightly after sanding the embossing with Tim Holtz Distress ink, (Old Paper)   The Sentiment is from Just  Rite's Large  Fancy Sentiments collection and is inked with Kaleidacolor Cappuccino inks and edged with the Distressed Ink.  The paper, Just Right Sentiment Stamps and Tim Holtz products are all available at Joan's Gardens.  Note:  There's a wonderful metal/charm brushed metal butterfly collection by  Graphic 45 (Metal Butterflies Staples 4500420) that would be terrific on this card, or any other worked in browns and earth tones. Terri (at Joan's Gardens can get Graphic 45 products) 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Delightful Daisies Birthday Wishes

This card was created exclusively for Joan's Touch Challenge #12 (to  use inked embossing folder and butterflies).  I used the EMbossed side of Spellbinders 3D M-bossbilities (E3D-003).  This is inked in a dark fuschia ink and accented with a metallic dimensional sticker by Sticko that I found at  Walmart.  The  sentiment is also a sticker, a Starform Transparent Glitter Sticker for Happy  Birthday.  The E-Bosser machine made a perfect impression every time for this project.  It doesn't matter whether you use the embossed or the debossed side of these 3D folders, your result is spectacular.  I have cut these up, filled them in, painted and glittered them, and this time did the light letterpress technique to ink them!
Products are available at Joan's Gardens.

 Below is the debossed side of the same embossing folder.   Tip:  When you use the Craftwell E-Bosser machine (also available at Joan's Gardens where I got mine) place embossing folders or dies at a slight angle on your embossing sandwich bottom plates.  They feed better in the machine than being "squared up"

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Sweet Friend

This card is created exclusively for Joan's Touch Challenge #12  The challenge is to use inked embossing folders and butterflies.  This card also used Sizzix 657561 Hearts Die, to cut out a heart from the center of the gorgeous Marianne Designables embossing and cutting folder #DS0907.  The butterflies are die cut from Spellbiders S4395, Les Papillions Set 2.  I have used the DEBOSSED side of this folder and filled the debossed areas with Gelly Roll Clear Star marker (by Sakura)  The white paper is glossy photo paper, so this card is very shiny.  The inside sentiment which is fussy cut and heat embossed with opaque white heat embossing powder is from the Just Rite  stampset Grand Sentiments (CR03885) These products are all available from Terri at Joan's Gardens. The card is worked in white  and a rich wine-colored paper, inked with Purely Pomegranate (SU)  

Monday, May 5, 2014

Making Cupcakes

What fun friend my friend and I have had making cupcakes!  We got this idea from the adorable project posted by   Ms Liberty 25 a finalist project for the Graphic 45 design team competitions  We loved her cupcakes ideas and here's mine!

This cupcake (and birthday banner) will be for my Sister's birthday coming up in a few weeks. The flowers are punched from papers designed by Snickerdoodle Designs by Karen, in her kit Sweetums, and the alphabet letters and ice cream bowl is created from the same kit.  These little cupcakes are SO much fun to make!  

This one is created with three different petals punches and a Martha Stewart embelli butterfly.