30 April 2009

Summer Love Rub-Ons

Well, Thursday came and went, but I did get to do some stamping in the evening.  I was going to post a Pop-Up card made with our new 3 Tier Cake Die, but I didn't quite get it done the way I would have liked it to have been, so that will be saved for a later date.  Meanwhile here is a fun card using the new Summer Love Rub-Ons from the Occasions Mini Catalogue. 

All the images on the Whisper White Card Stock are Rub-ons.  I added some paper-piercing above and below the Whisper White Card Stock and then adhered a Baja Breeze flower die from the Blooms Again Die Cuts (pg 181 IB&C) along with a 1 3/8" Kiwi Kiss textured circle. I stamped and cut out a Kiwi Kiss butterfly from the Dear Friend stamp set and embellished it with a Basic Grey Corduroy Button.  The main card is Cameo Coral Textured Card Stock. Enjoy and I hope you have a great day! 

29 April 2009

Wonderful Wednesday!

What a beautiful day we had.  Some of my gardening got done today (not by me of course) and it is looking great.  I love this time of year, seeing my garden grow from the ground up.  I look forward to seeing how different it will look in only one week. 

Now onto today's project. 
Do you have an occasion where you need a special gift?  Well, this wonderful card tin makes a great gift.  
This is a card tin that I decorated for the annual Controllers for Cancer Auction.  This was actually the first tin I have ever done like this considering I have had a couple sitting on my shelf for awhile :) It was very easy to do and a lot of fun.  I managed to fit in 25 cards with dividers.   

I made some dividers that were 4 3/8" x 6 1/2" and I added a Tab by punching some scraps of Card Stock with the Round Tab Punch.  You could stamp the titles on the tab, but I just went ahead and wrote the heading that went with the cards that I put in the box.  You could pretty much do anything.  

You can use these tins for a Recipe Box as well and we have a great stamp set called "From the Kitchen Of" that would work really well.  The possibilities are endless.  All you need is a little bit of imagination.  Happy crafting! 

28 April 2009

Tuesday already?

Yesterday was such a busy day I didn't get a chance to post.  I had my husband departing for a week and my in-laws coming in to help me out for a few days, so it was a bit of a crazy day. I was on my feet way too much and paid for it in the evening.  Who could resist the gorgeous weather we had though.  It was such a nice day that I just had to get out of the house.  I took a trip to the bus stop in a wheelchair!  Today is a bit better, so here I am.  

The card I would like to share with you today is also using the Stamp Set Soft Summer from the Occasions Mini Catalogue.  This wasn't a stamp set I was planning on purchasing initially because I have so many quite similar to it, but I really like the versatility of this style of stamp set, so of course I couldn't resist.  Some of the techniques you can do with this type of stamp set are: 2-step stamping, watercolouring, watercolour crayons direct to the stamp, poppin' pastels, markers direct to the stamp, crayon resist on glossy paper and I am sure there are so many others. 
Enjoy and I hope you are all having a fantastic day!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set: Soft Summer
Card Stock:  Confetti Cream, Ruby Red, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red Stampin' Write, Old Olive Stampin' Write, More Mustard Stampin' Write
Accessories:  Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Distressing Tool, Stamp-a-ma-Jig (Recommend use of one of these to get proper alignment - can you tell I didn't use mine?)

26 April 2009

"Soft Summer" Sunday

I hope you are all having a nice weekend.  We have been enjoying the nice weather despite a bit of rain and I have even been for a trip around in the block in my wheelchair.  My feet are healing and I am walking around a bit more, but still have to be careful not to overdue it.  Still quite a bit of pain at times.  
I decided that today I would share a card that I made at the London Regional Seminar back in March.  I used the watercolour crayons direct on the stamp and then lightly misted the stamp with water before stamping it.  I then stamped over the image with the outline stamp of the same image.  I used the Eyelet Border Punch on the Designer Paper and accented the image with a Chocolate Chip 1/2" Library Clip.  Hope you like it! 

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set: Soft Summer
Card Stock: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Urban Oasis Designer Paper, Watercolour Paper
Ink:  Staz-On Black  Ink, Chocolate Chip, Versamark
Accessories: Watercolour Crayons, Water Mist Bottle, Eyelet Border Punch, Bashful Blue 1/4" Grosgrain, Chocolate Chip 1/2" Library Clip, Distressing Tool, Stampin' Dimensionals 

23 April 2009

The Time has come!!!

After 7 posts, lots of links, backgrounds, font colours and everything else I have been playing with while setting up this blog, I think the time has finally come to share it with all of you.  I decided to start a blog to share my love for stamping and to provide a place for you to go to be inspired. I am not going to tell you how often I plan on posting or what types of projects I will post, let's just say it is going to be a surprise :) Enjoy your time here.... and feel free to share your comments. 

Customized Matchbox Treat Box

One more Easter Treat Box and then we are moving on, I promise!  I just had so much fun creating this box that I just had to share!  Have you ever had a particular item that you wanted to wrap in an unique way?  Well, this was just the case for a chocolate bunny that I had purchased at Dollarama.  I measured the length, width and height of my item and then created this matchbox style box for it.  Do you want to see inside?

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set: An Egg-cellent Easter
Card Stock: Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Bella Rose Designer Series Paper
Ink: Basic Black, Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss, Close to Cocoa, Barely Banana
Accessories: Blender Pens, Large Oval Punch, Scalloped Oval Punch, Pink Pirouette 5/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Linen Thread, Sticky Strip

Window Sheets and the Big Shot

I haven't yet used the window sheets on a card, but I thought it would be fun to try them out in the Big Shot to make a box.  This little pillow box was made during my Easter class.  It was hard packaging up the jelly beans since they taste soooo good, but we knew they would make a nice little gift to give away.  This type of box would also make a great party/wedding favour.  

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set:  Think Happy Thoughts
Card Stock: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise
Ink: Pixie Pink Classic Ink
Accessories: Rich Regal Brads, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 1/16" Hand Punch, Crochet Thread, Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Sissix Big Shot, Sissix Pillow Box Bigz Die, Sticky Strip

22 April 2009

Wagon Full of Fun

Easter has come and gone, but I had a lot of fun creating this card for my Easter class so I thought I would share.  The images on this card all come from the Wagon Full of Fun stamp set out of the Occasions Mini Catalogue.  I have seen lots of cards that have all the images stamped and then cut out to achieve a similar result to what I have achieved just by masking.  I started by inking up the wagon stamp being sure not to get any ink on the handle, then I stamped it on my watercolour paper.  I then stamped the duck and then I added the handle. To get proper placement I used the stamp-a-ma-jig which is one of my favourite tools and inked up only the handle portion of the stamp this time.  I then placed a post it note mask of the wagon over the wagon and then stamped the egg on top, then removed the mask and voila, a complete scene ready for watercolouring.    

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set:  Wagon Full of Fun
Card Stock: Chocolate Chip, Kraft, Watercolour Paper
Ink: Jet Black Staz-On
Accessories: Watercolour Crayons, Aquapainter, Sissix Big Shot, SU! Backgrounds I Texturz Plates, Rose Red 1" Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Corner Rounder, Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write, 2 Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, 5/16" Chocolate Chip Brads

21 April 2009

The *New* Manhatten Flower Impressions Die

This is one of the cards I did for my Easter class. We used the new Manhatten Flower Textured Impressions Die. Isn't it gorgeous! I love this new die as it coordinates with one on my favorite stamp sets - Fifth Avenue Floral. We also used some of the vanilla hodgepodge to accent the card. This die became available for purchase on Mar 1st. You can find it on page 202 in the Spring-Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalogue.
Supplies Used:
Stamp Set: Dream a Little, All Holidays
Card Stock: Elegant Eggplant, Very Vanilla
Ink: Kiwi Kiss and Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: Sissix Big Shot for Stampin' Up!, Manhatten Flower Textured Impressions Die, Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack. 

02 April 2009

Cool Totally Tool

This was a card that I made for my Sale-a-bration Stamp Camp. When I saw this stamp set in the new catalogue I just knew I had to have it since my selection of stamps for manly cards was limited.  I stamped on a piece of cork with Staz-on Black Ink.  I coloured the image in using my Bashful Blue and Creamy Caramel Stampin' Write Markers. 
I used my Texturz plates for the harlequin pattern on the black cardstock. 

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set: Totally Tool
Card Stock: Always Artichoke, Not Quite Navy, Basic Black
Ink: Staz-on Black Ink 
Accessories: Sissix Big Shot for Stampin' Up!, Sissix Texturz Plates Backgrounds I, Stampin' Write Markers, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Twill Tape, Crop-o-dile, Pewter Jumbo Eyelets, Paper Piercing Tool and Template. 

Still Figuring it out!

The second day of the blog, and still trying to customize it the way I would like you to see it.  They say you can start a blog in minutes, but if you want it to look nice, it takes a bit longer :)

01 April 2009

Well I did it!

I have entered the world of blogging.  I am not making any promises about how well I will do at this but I am going to give it a shot.  I hope all of you will enjoy viewing my blog and being inspired by the creations I post.  I am happy to be able to offer you a place to be inspired.  This is my first post, so I am trying it out and then will post a card sample when I have it all figured out.  
Looking forward to sharing my love of rubber stamping with you!