Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fresh Prints Herringbone Thank You

This past weekend I met with my downline members for a Stamp 'n Share day.  This is a day where we stamp together, share ideas and learn about stamping techniques and products.  We share a pot luck lunch and really just have an amazingly fun day!  This time around we learned about the Herringbone Technique and I wanted to share it with all of you!

Fun, isn't it?  The Herringbone Technique is a perfect technique to use up scraps of Designer Papers.  You can cut them to any width you want; for this card, I cut my strips to 1/2".  I did a quick video to show you how it's done...you'll be surprised at how easy it is!

One of my favorite parts of the card is the little medallion I made!  Here's a closer look.

You can make a medallion like this in 5 easy steps.
  • Stamp your image (I used Crumb Cake & Real Red markers to make my image multicolored)
  • Punch out your image
  • Apply SNAIL to the back of the punched piece
  • Stick ruffled ribbon trim around the punched piece
  • Stick the finished medallion to your project
I finished it off with one of my favorite buttons, the Basic Metal Buttons, some Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine and some bling!

Head on over to my online store with the shopping list to get everything you need to create this card at home.

Shopping List
Stamps:  Lots of Thanks, Off the Grid
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Real Red
DSP:  Fresh Prints
Ink:  Crumb Cake Classic Pad, Crumb Cake & Real Red Stampin' Write Markers
Accessories:  Coastal Cabana Ruffle Trim Ribbon, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Basic Metal Buttons, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine,  Rhinestones
Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, SNAIL, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' Sponges

Leave me a comment and let me know if you try the Herringbone Technique or if you make a medallion like I showed.  I would love to see your creation, so don't forget to leave me a link!

Have an inspired day!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Gorgeous Grunge Simple Masculine Card

A lot of people struggle with making masculine projects.  I am not one of those!  I'm not exactly sure why, but masculine cards come very easily to me.  Take today's card....

It's simple and oh so masculine with the color scheme, embossing, ribbon knot (and, well, the type of ribbon), simple sentiment and it's been grungified!  Yes, that's a word when you're creating cards!  Sponging the edges and using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set can make any project grungified!!!!

Here's a close up of some of the masculine elements.

There you have it.  A simple, masculine card.  Please head on over to my online store with the shopping list so you can create this card and add it to your stash!

Shopping List
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Night of Navy
Ink:  Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge, Yippee Skippee
Accessories:  Natural Ribbon, Big Shot & Houndstooth Embossing Folder, Stampin' Sponges

Have an inspired day!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Muslin Bags with Gold Glitter Hearts!

It glitters, it glitters!!!!!  I came across a super fun glitter heart bag when perusing Pinterest a few weeks ago and fell in love.  Of course, I had to re-create it with my SU supplies.  So out came the Mini Muslin Bags, Gold Glitter and Tombow glue!  I did try it with Heat & Stick powder, versamark and a heart stamp first and was NOT impressed with the results...so don't try that, it didn't work as well!

I knew my club ladies would LOVE it as much as I did so it became one of our club projects in January.....and I've had gold glitter ALL over my dining room and kitchen for a couple weeks now (It just keeps showing up!).  My poor puppies have had sparkly noses and I'm sure the delivery guy is wondering why I always have glitter on me now!!!

Isn't it pretty!!!!  I'm so excited with how it turned out.  We finished our bags off with a cute little tag and filled them with a bag of bath salts.  Super fun gift idea!  Here's a little photo tutorial so you can make one too!

To make my little heart stencil, I used a piece of the cardboard that comes in the back of a pack of DSP.  I cut it to the size that I wanted and used a heart framelit to cut out the heart shape.  I also used a piece of that same cardboard inside my bag to give it some stability when gluing and glittering.  Make sure to put a piece of waxed paper or parchment paper inside the bag too so you don't glue the bag together.  Seriously, with all the colors of glitter you can get and all the shapes of framelits we have the possibilities for this project are endless!

You can find all the stuff you need to create this project in my online store.  Don't forget that when your order gets to $60 you can choose a FREE SAB product!

Have an inspired day!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Sale-A-Bration, Soup & Stamps!

I just love that sentiment stamp!  It's part of the Yippee-Skippee set and I think it's a perfect way to sum up last Saturday when I held my annual Sale-A-Bration kick off...Soup & Stamps!  This is one of my favorite events to do!  I make 2 HUGE pots of soup (this year it was Creamy Tomato Tortellini & Beef Vegetable with Barley), some biscuits and delicious dessert.  My ladies are treated to supper and then we stamp! This event is always so much fun and this year was no exception.

Busy creating!
Mmmmm...fresh out of the oven (as people were arriving) cheese biscuits!
"Souper" yummy Texas Sheet Cake....I used Pioneer Woman's recipe!
Blueberry Lemon Bundt cake...the recipe for this one was from my Looneyspoons Collection cookbook (LOVE that cookbook!)

Can you believe I totally forgot to take pictures of the delicious soups?  You'll just have to take my word for it...they were yummy!

I bet you want to see the project everyone made, right?  I usually do a set of cards or a box and some cards at Soup & Stamps, but this year I decided to do something totally different and we did a mini album!  I actually used 5, yes 5, SAB products...Sweet Sorbet DSP, Petal Parade stamps, Banner Blast stamps, Banner punch, and the Decorative Dots embossing folder!  Of course, I had to throw in some Occasions Catalog products too...Basic Metal Buttons, Perfect Pennants stamps, Banners framelits, and the Angled Tag Topper punch!

The mini album starts with one piece of 12x12 cardstock which you score and cut to make your "pages".  It all folds up in to a small package.  The pictures show it as you would unfold it.....

It was loads of fun to make.  Here are a few of my favorite parts...

I love, love, love these little banners!  They are the perfect little accent for the corner of a page or card front.  And, I love that the coordinating punch punches out the stamped images without leaving a white border around them...small things like that make me happy!

This part makes me REALLY happy!  Do you recognize the metal buttons?  I used the one with the raised edge and realized that the small circle punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack fit right on there like it was meant to be!  Here's the part that made me squeal with delight.  A dimensional under each button and shazaam there was the perfect closure for the flap on this pocket!  Here's a little tip...put the dimensional on the button, then stick the tail of the Baker's Twine to the dimensional and then stick it down on the cardstock.  It seemed to work best that way for me!

This is my favorite stamp in the Perfect Pennants set!  And I just love it here with a little ruffled ribbon along the bottom!  So cute!  And, check out that Distressed Dots embossing action...LOVE it!

Lastly, I have the measurements for you so you can create one of these little beauties yourself!

You basically take a 12x12 piece of cardstock and score it at 2 3/8 and 7 1/4.  Then you turn it and score at 3 7/8, 4 1/8, 8 and 8 1/4.  You can see in the picture where you need to cut the skinny sections out.  Any of the flaps can be made into pockets or you can cut any of the flaps off to change up your album.

Have fun with this one!  I would love to see your version of this mini album!

Head on over to my online store (or contact me) to purchase the supplies you need to create one of these and earn some free SAB products!  Have an inspired day!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Perfect Pennants Love

Happy Sunday!  I hope your weekend was fantastic!  Mine was good, but "souper" busy....more about that in Tuesday's post.  Today I have a fun and simple valentine card to show you because it's Simple Card Sunday!

When I first saw the Occasions catalog I immediately love the Perfect Pennants set and coordinating Banners framelits (which are available separately or in a bundle so you can save 15%)!  When it came time to place my pre-order I waffled on the set a bit, but in the end I ordered it and boy am I glad I did!  I'm finding it a great and versatile set that works well with the Banners framelits and without.  Today's card is a great example of how I've used it without the framelits.

I created a fun and simple card using the popular ombre effect.  The heart image is from the Perfect Pennants set and stamped in shades of purple...Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum & Elegant Eggplant.  I stamped the hearts on Whisper White cardstock which was matted with Brushed Gold cardstock.  Gold is so trendy right now...I'm seeing it everywhere!  I used the "love" from the Pennant Parade set and stamped it on one of the Wisteria Wonder hearts with some Elegant Eggplant ink.  I finished the card off with an Elegant Eggplant card base.

Head on over to my online store to get everything you need to re-create this card at home...you could even get a series of pink or turquoise inks to create your card!  Remember, if you're ordering ink pads you're going to want to order an ink refill at the same time.  Our firm foam ink pads ink our stamps beautifully, but don't hold as much ink as our old felt ink pads.  By having an ink refill on hand you will always be able to have a nice juicy ink pad ready for stamping!  And, don't forget to check back on Tuesday to see about my "souper" fun weekend!

Have an inspired day!