Sunday, July 27, 2008

Enjoy Buttons!

I love this set Enjoy Every Moment (Stampin' Up). It is great for cards and scrapbooking! I found this bag of fun buttons at a scrapbook store in Ludington, Michigan and fell in love with these colors. The buttons go well with Stampin' Up's colors Certainly Celery, Soft Sky, and Purely Pomegranate. The ribbon on this card is from Michaels. I made the scallop border on the side with big scallop scissors from Provocraft and a paper punch. TFL!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Tart and Tangy

Here are a few cards that were available to make during my card class last week. I love this set from Stampin' Up. (Wouldn't it be nice if it became available again in the new catalog?) The popsicle card was very popular (not orginal from me, I found the idea on Splitcoast!) This card would be cute in all colors! (Be sure not to try to punch through both layers of paper with your scallop punch - do one piece at a time, just line it up. You don't want to break your punch!) The sentiment on the popsicle card is from Saavy stamps, the senitment on the cherry card is from Fruit phrases (retired Stampin' Up), the sentiment on the strawberry card is unknown (sorry, I'm up at our trailer and don't have access to my "stuff" at this time - but wanted to post a few pictures!) The ribbon on the red cards is from Stampin' Up. TFL!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Cricut Fairy!

The Cricut fairy has made an appearance at my house!! (Actually treasures from ebay! ) I got a really great deal on the Cricut Expressions along with two cartridges. I also bought the jukebox and the Cricut software. I have everything set up, but haven't had time to "play" yet! Hopefully sometime this week. Not only did I receive all this fun stuff, I received a package from my new friend Rosie in Colorado. She found a great deal on these Cricut cartridges and these cute dress notes/favor boxes. (I never find deals like this!) Thanks for thinking of me and sending me these great deals, Rosie! I can't wait to start creating!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Busy! Busy! Busy!

Wow! It was a very busy week! I had two card classes at my house this week and I did a Stampin' Up workshop for some new friends. So this is an appropriate card and sentiment for all my stamping friends this week! At my card classes I offered 18 different card designs for people to chose from. It was my first "Stamp A Stack". They could chose whichever designs to make and make as many of that design as they wanted. It's a great way to make a set of cards (for yourself or for a gift) especially if you don't own that stamp set. In the past when I have had card classes, I would usually only have 5-10 card designs and my friends would make just one of each card. This particular "Stamp A Stack" idea came from my friend (and upline) Connie in Ludington (only her "Stamp A Stack" classes offer about 250 different designs - she's crazy! It took me a week just to get the 18 different boxes ready!) Over the next few days I will post some of my card samples (a few of them are originals but most of them were cased!) Now about this card (I just love it!) It's fun and simple, just my style! This exclamation mark is made with the set Pick a Petal (Stampin' Up). I used the striped grosgrain ribbon from Stampin' Up (love that ribbon!) Just a cute and quick card. Check back to see some more samples from my classes! (Next class is in August if anyone is interested - I will post dates and times soon).

Monday, July 14, 2008

Pastel Bugs

I found these cute pastel post-it notes at the Target Dollar Spot (love that part of the store!). The challenge was to find colors to coordinate (that wasn't necessarily "baby"). I haven't used the "Ladybug Picnic" set (Stampin' Up) for a while, so I started playing around with this set and some pastel colors and this is what I came up with. I actually really liked how it turned out, so I made some matching cards to go with the magnetic post-it notes. (And of course, black polka dot ribbon is my favorite! It goes with everything!) The square scallop punch is from Marvy and the sentiment "a little bug told me..." is from Katiebug TFL!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

enjoy the little things

Just a little ladybug card. I used the sets Pick A Petal and Enjoy Every Moment both from Stampin' Up. The card base is from a package of cards. TFL!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Good Coffee!

One of my most favorite things to do is sit and relax in the morning with my coffee! Sometimes I surf blogs, look at my craft magazines or just sit on my deck and enjoy the morning sun! For anyone who likes coffee, these cards are a perfect treat. Wouldn't they be even better with a Starbucks gift card in them??? I was talked into buying this stamp by my best friend (she listed all the possibilities for cute cards). I'm so glad I got it! The coffee mug and the saying are both from Morningstar Stamps. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

i'm pulling for you!

My husband's father has been in the hospital for the past 10 days and when he saw me working on this card, he had to have one for his dad. I used the set Boatloads of Love. I used watercolor paper I got at Michaels and watercolor pencils with an aquabrush. The clouds are raised with pop-dots. The card is smaller than the average card - this one is 4 1/2x 4 1/2.

Watermelon Shape Card

I had a request on how I made the watermelon card (shown in my craft show picture). These are not the exact same colors, but the design is generally the same. For this card I used stamps from three different sets from Stampin' Up (all retired), All the Best, Fruity Phrases and Fun with Shapes. The ink color is Wild Wasabi and Cranberry Crisp. The paper color was Wild Wasabi and Real Red. I cut the watermelon shape from wild wasabi green on the fold (so the card lifts up). A smaller center part of the watermelon was cut in red. (Both are sponged on the edges). The green part of the rind is made with a stamp from the set All the Best. The seeds are made with a stamp from Fun with Shapes.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Craft Show Set Up

I sometimes get questions about how I set up my booth (or tent, when it is an outdoor event). I realized I didn't have any pictures of my display on my blog (or if I did, I couldn't find them)! So here are some pics of one of my shows. These show how I display my cards for shoppers. The baskets are cards organized by themes (baby, thank you, thinking of you, sympathy, get well, birthday and blank note cards). Also at a show, I have post-it notes, small note pads and calendars. At this show, I had large note books and note cubes as well. Sometimes it just depends what I have been making.

Martini Time!

Time to celebrate! Actually, where has the time gone? I can't believe it is July already and I have hardly put any of my card samples on my blog. I am suppose to have more time, it is summer! I have been really busy making cards, trying to keep up with my craft shows. I will try to put some samples up everyday for a while (the pictures are piling up - so I do have some new ones to share). I have actually been "playing" with my new laptop computer and haven't figured out how to do my pictures from that yet. So for todays sample I have these cute martini cards. I made these invites for a bachelorette party. The martini stamp is from Rubber Stampede and the "time to celebrate" stamp is from Inkadinkado. I added a little glitter to the martini glass to "sparkle" it up. The background polka-dots is made from the wheel "Spunky Spots" (Stampin' Up). The scallop punch is also from Stampin' Up. I added the paperclip in the corner because the girl wanted a pocket for directions. I thought this would be a cute way to attach the directions on the inside of the card, she could just slide them under the clip. On the front of the clip, I added some polka dot ribbon!