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Welcome Cards

August 12, 2009

I know it’s been longer then anticipated since my last post. SORRY!! The weather turned in the NorthEast and has been improving.  On days that it is sunny and nice…I am outside all of the time and create a lot less.  I like to enjoy the sun!  I received information yesterday that indicates to me that my summer days are winding down…I got my class list for this coming school year!  I’ve been working in my classroom a bit as I’m heading back to the beach next week, but it’s really getting close to the time for me to contact families and welcome the new students for the year. In late August I send home information letters and the past few years have been sending “Welcome” cards to the students as well.  Today the weather here has been quite overcast, a perfect day for me to create.

I REALLY LOVE the New Stampin’ Up! catalog and am looking forward to the release of the Holiday Mini catalog in September, but have been trying to use product I still have from past catalogs.  When I have a workshop or class, I always use present merchandise because I want to make sure customers have the ability to purchase what they are using if  they desire, but for personal creations, I mix and match some old and new.  I had a lot of the designer paper “Good Morning Sunshine” leftover from the Spring/Summer 2009 Catalog, so I knew I wanted to use that paper.  I also wanted to keep my card simple as I was reproducing it 20 times.  This is what I came up with:

Welcome card--school year 2009

Welcome card--school year 2009

It was really pretty simple to create.  I cut A LOT of 1 inch x 1 inch pieces of the Good Morning Sunshine paper and just randomly mounted them on all of the cards.  I then used the Chocolate Striped Grosgrain ribbon and the stamp set “Warm Words” for the “welcome” in Chocolate Chip ink.  Each card is different in that they have different pieces of the DSP on them, but the method and  manner they were created is the same and they all coordinate. I will probably create some form of “welcome” sign for the classroom using this paper to coordinate with what I’m sending with what the children may see in the classroom.

I would highly suggest a design such as this if you are looking to use up some of your paper.  This is a picture of the stacks of cards completed.

stack of cards

stack of cards

(You may notice one of them has a yellow oval on it. The “welcome” didn’t turn out too well on the Very Vanilla cardstock, so I “fixed” my mistake by covering it with a punched embellishment.) Now all I need to do is write them all!!


The Tale of two challenges

July 18, 2009

I really am enjoying finding stamping challenges this week. I’m going to commit myself, after this week, to do at least one a week.  I think attempting  a full week of challenges will be too daunting weekly. Not only do I not necessarily have the time to create that frequently weekly, the search itself is time consuming.  For my next card I really wanted to do attempt Kristina Werner’s color inspiration.  I love her work and her eye for color combinations is unique and always on par. So…the colors I was choosing were based on her Inspiration #56

Kwerner Color Inspiration

Kwerner Color Inspiration

The colors she’d noted were a deep red, pumpkin, saffron, celery and ballet blue.  I then needed to find sketch.  A sketch is layout for a card.  I often just put pieces together and see what “works”, but honestly having a sketch sometimes can be an easier way to create.  I was inspired by Beate Johns who completed a Weekend Sketch Challenge #89.  Her card is NOTHING like the one I ultimately made–honestly her work is SOO much better then mine–but I love her blog and when I saw the sketch I knew it would be one I could work with.    So…using those two challenges, I created the following card:

Love you Much-WSC#89, Kwerner CI56

Love you Much-WSC#89, Kwerner CI56

To create this card I used the following recipe:  Stamp set: Love You much
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Candy Lane Designer Paper, Certainly Celery, Ballet Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Riding Hood Red, Ballet Blue
Accessories: Fairy Tales Riboon (So Saffron), 3 heart punch

The color Riding Hood Red is no longer available through Stampin’ Up!, nor is the ribbon or designer paper I used, but I have tons of those products leftover, and thought they would be great for this card.  For personal creations, I do sometimes use paper or accessories that can no longer be purchased, however, if anything seen interests you…there are always similar items that Stampin’ Up! sells and I can assist you with finding these products.

My final goal of this week will be to create something using primary colors from the Color Inspiration–Summer River as well as this week’s Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge.  Whether I do one card to meet both challenges, or two seperate items….you’ll have to come back and see!

Second Challenge of the Week

July 14, 2009

This morning I awoke REALLY early and had a decently long “to do” list to try to get to.  Some of the items included: finish unpacking from my trip, clean the kitchen, vacuum, work on my blog, complete another stamp challenge, sort some clothes for good will, and go to Staples and the grocery store.  The ONLY items on this list that got completed were cleaning the kitchen, working on my blog and completing another stamp challenge!  I guess being on “summer vacation” means I find I can put some things off!! The weather was gorgeous today, so I did spend a good part of the day outside.  Tomorrow I have a lot of little errands planned, including lunch with friends, so I KNOW I’ll be out and about and get more items accomplished.  I may not get to stamping tomorrow though…I meeting a friend out in the evening to catch up as well as give her some Stampin’ Up! Inspiration.  If I don’t do a challenge…I’ll combine two on my next challenge of the week!

I was searching for something to do for my challenge and I chose the Stamp Something: Pink, Green and Yellow challenge.  I wanted to continue to use my new “toys” that I’d received but hadn’t used. One of the stamp sets I’d received when I was able to pre-order some items (a perk one gets as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator) was the Level three Hostess set The More the Merrier.  This set has some GREAT images and sayings.  I really like the cupcakes, but wasn’t so sure about having them horizontal.  I envisioned using them vertically.  There are multiple ways one can use a stamp to change the direction of an image, but tonight I went an “easy” way.  I just stamped the image in black on Whisper White cardstock and then colored all the cupcakes in.  I then cut them out and mounted them on my card using dimensionals.  I also chose to use  the new In-colors for my pink and yellow.  I KNOW that the picture could be clearer, but I wanted to post it TONIGHT.  If I get a better picture taken in natural light, I’ll edit this and add a better picture.  Without further ado….here is my submission for the Stamp Something Challenge:

Stamp Something Challenge: Pink, Yellow and Green

Stamp Something Challenge: Pink, Yellow and Green

Recipe: Paper: Garden Green (dimension is 4 1/4 x7), Melon Mambo, Razzleberry Designer Paper, Whisper White            Ink: Garden Green, Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa                                                  Stamp Set: The More the Merrier         Accessories: Melon Mambo Polka Dot Ribbon, Modern label punch

I chose the Garden Green because it happened to be on my stamp table from last night…but I really think it worked.  I really like the little cupcakes! I’m not sure what I’ll do with this card, but I like that I now have it on hand if needed, and the little sentiment “sweetest ever” could go for some many people and occasions.  Next mission will be to find a sketch challenge to tackle, and incorporate another color challenge, or other type of challenge within the card!

Two in one day!

July 2, 2009

The weather where I am has been miserable for the month of June, and hasn’t begun to improve for July. I guess that’s one reason I’ve been hanging out on the computer and playing around with this blog today.  I realized, after I uploaded my prior post, I’d forgotten to watermark my images!! I’m not going to re-post, as I do have the disclaimer on the bottom of my sidebar that all images are copyright Stampin’ Up!, but I then went and began watermarking other photos I have taken recently.  I guess it’s something I will need to remember to do right when I upload my photos.

ANYHOW…in doing so I thought I’d post the following card: Parent Thank YouI used this as my room parent thank you cards. I created this card by stamping the coffee cup from “Pun Fun” three times on some designer series paper.  The paper I chose was from a Sampler pack that can be earned for free to individuals who hostess workshops.  I then cut these all out.  I used the sentiment “thanks a gazillion” from the “Really Retro” sentiments as well as the NEW modern label punch. The colors of paper I used were Very Vanilla (for the base of the card), Close to Cocoa as well as Chocolate Chip.  I used Chocolate taffetta ribbon and the neutrals buttons. Inside I created a pocket and inserted a gift card for coffee for the parents. I hope they enjoyed it, I enjoyed creating the cards!

All Occasion Card Class 2

January 11, 2009

Since my day has been completely shifted, I’ve actually gotten a bunch accomplished, even though I am really tired!  Another resolution I’d had was to unclutter my apartment.  I often frequent the website Unclutter and they had a great tip of spending 30 minutes a day uncluttering/cleaning SOMETHING.  I haven’t been great about this DAILY, but have been better then typical (for me.)  I just set an timer for 30 minutes and I actually got a lot of little things picked up. I also went and unloaded my car with the items for the class and took pictures of the cards I had. I uploaded a watermark software so I can begin posting pictures with the © symbol on this site…to make sure I am in full compliance with Stampin’ Up!© guidelines.

The following cards and descriptions are all the cards that will be completed by customers in the next few days for a January All Occasions Card Class that my friend and upline Amy and I are hosting. Due to the weather, as was noted, we will be completing them with our separate groups.   If you happen across this blog, and are interested in any of the products, check out my right side bar for ordering information. If you are reading this from a direct link, or reader, go to my home page for contact and purchasing information.  AND…if you’d like to have a class where you and your friends make similar cards, or order a set of completed card..let me know!

This card is a simple friendship card: Season of FriendshipRecipe:Stamp set: Season of Friendship

Paper: Sage shadow, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Autumn Vines DSP

Ink: Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Real Rust, More Mustard

Accessories: Chocolate Felt Ribbon (from the Alpine Ribbon collection), dimensionals

3/4″ square punch

Many of these items area available out of the Holiday Mini and will no longer be able to be purchased after January 18th.  If you are interested in the items….act fast!

This card is a really simple Thank You card:

Say It With Scallops Thank You

Recipe:Stamp set: Say it With Scallops

Paper: Tangerine Tango, Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla, Frosty DSP

Ink: Close to Cocoa

Accessories: Scallop Edge punch, Square Scallop punch, bashful blue ribbon,dimensionals

I’m finding that this design is becoming my “go to” thank you card.  I’ve made it multiple times with differing designer paper and colors.  It is simple to create, yet, I feel, with the scalloping and medallion, it appears more challenging.

These last three cards were created by Amy. This is a beautiful card that could be used for multiple occasions.  The interior of this particular card says “Thinking of you” from the Sincere Salutations stamp set.  I’m not sure the photo gives this card justice. The flowers are “popped” up and are BEAUTIFUL. Inspired by Nature, Thinking of you

Recipe:Stamp set: Inspired by Nature, Sincere Salutations (inside)

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black

Ink: Basic Black

Accessories: dimensionals

This next card is a fun birthday card that can be used anytime for multiple ages.  When I initially saw the stamp set in the catalog, I thought I would never use it, as I don’t have children, and it comes across as a more child friendly set.  However…I’ll definitely use this card for someone…..and not necessarily a child!

Simple Birthday Thanks

Recipe:Stamp set: Simple Birthday Thanks, Happy Everything (inside)

Paper: Whisper White, Bella Rose DSP

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red (or Rose Red for the cherry),

Accessories: Pink cosmo glitter, two-way glue pen, pretty in pink 1/4″grosgrain ribbon

Technique: Paper piecing

This last card uses the Valentines Bundle that is on special for 20% off until January 31st. Love You much

Recipe:Stamp set: Love You Much

Paper: Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla, Candy Lane DSP, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette

Ink: Close to Cocoa, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette

Accessories: Three Heart Punch, Alpine Ribbon, dimensionals

I hope those making these cards enjoy them as much as I do!  I really think that having a set like this is a great asset to anyone’s card inventory, and making them yourself is so rewarding!

It is now time for me to try to get a nap in my day or else I will not be very productive in my “real” job tomorrow….teaching!!

Getting Started

January 11, 2009

With a New Year, resolutions ensue. I’ve made a number of those this year, and do feel as if I will work toward many of them in a productive, successful manner. I even purchased the book “This Year I Will…” by M. J. Ryan to help me keep my resolutions. One of my thoughts for this year is that I want to stamp as much for pleasure as I do for business. I also would like to post more of that information publicly for my customers, or anyone else looking at this blog. So far this year I have done a lot of creating. Here is one of my favorites so far this year:

This card was created with one of my favorite stamp sets from the Holiday Mini, Season of Friendship. The card base is Brocade Blue with glossy White on top. I then used a brayer to create the sky. I blended multiple inks to create the contrast…Brocade Blue, Ballet Blue and Night of Navy. I’d torn a scrap piece of paper to cover the bottom, to create the snow and stamped the tree in Versamark and Black. I then used clear embossing on the tree to give it some dimension. The ribbon is Night of Navy. All supplies for this card can be found on my website One of my other BIG goals for this year is to take BETTER photographs. I promise…I’ll work on that. Until that time…please bear with me, and enjoy my creations!