Sunday, September 16, 2012

It's Been a While!

Yes, it has been a while.  But here I am with a gajillion new cards to post!  Okay, not really a gajillion.  But it felt like it!

Let's see.  I did a craft show at the beginning of August.  I did so much prep in the week before the show that I was totally burned out and didn't want to make anything again ever.  At least not for a while.  So for a while, I didn't.  What's that?  You're wondering about the 100 in 100?  Well, although I didn't continue to document the cards and other things that I made, I decided that everything I made for that craft show counted.  And I made a LOT.  I (unfortunately) have a ton left over so eventually I will get around to posting pictures of the projects I made.  The cards that I made for the show will be in this post, though!

Lucky for me, it seems like I have that card-making oomph back!  It helps that I had a workshop this weekend and we made four cards in that workshop.  The prep and the workshop helped me remember that this is fun!  Not to mention that I got a TON of new stuff to play with this past week.  Eighteen new stamp sets!  And six more that I bought from the Buy/Sell/Trade on Splitcoast!

Well, let's get on with it, shall we? :)

Stamps: Curly Cute
Cardstock: Basic Gray, So Saffron
Ink: Basic Gray
Other: Beautiful Wings Embosslit, White Gel Pen

Stamps: All Year Cheer II, Fun Borders (Recollections)*
Cardstock: Whisper White, Real Red, Marina Mist
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black*, Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum
Other: White Gel Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals
(All products from Stampin' Up! unless marked by a *)

This is one of the cards we made at my workshop this weekend.

Stamps: Merry Minis, Curly Cute
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Ink: Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso
Other: Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Merry Minis Punch Pack, Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker, Stampin' Dimensionals

Another card we did at the workshop.  It's kind of hard to tell in the picture but the tree is cut out with the matching framelit and popped up on dimensionals!

Stamps: More Merry Messages, Scentsational Season
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals, Holiday Collection Framelits

Another card we made at the workshop.

Stamps: Scentsational Season, More Merry Messages
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Festival of Prints DSP
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals

And the last workshop card.

Stamps: Scentsational Season, More Merry Messages
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Very Vanilla, Festival of Prints DSP
Other: Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso Stampin' Write Markers, Stampin' Dimensionals

This is one of the cards I made for the craft show.  Look familiar?  I love this layout!

Stamps: Morning Cup
Cardstock: Early Espresso, So Saffron, Whisper White, Old Olive DSP (Brights Collection)
Ink: Early Espresso
Other: White Gel Pen, Early Espresso 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Two very simple "all occasion" type cards.  They are blank on the inside.  I imagined that these could be used for boys' and girls' birthday cards, or something like that.

Stamps: Every Little Bit
Cardstock: Marina Mist, Primrose Petals, So Saffron
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

I'll bet this card and the next one look familiar too!  Again, I love this layout.  As if you couldn't tell!

Stamps: Every Little Bit, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock: Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, So Saffron, Naturals White
Ink: Basic Black
Other: 3/16" Corner Punch, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, White Gel Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals

I made this card and the birthday card above in both of these color schemes, just to change things up a bit.  My husband doesn't like the pie.  He can't figure out what a pie has to do with a thank you card.  I tried telling him that the pie is irrelevant but he doesn't understand.  Men...

Stamps: Every Little Bit, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock: Island Indigo, Pool Party, So Saffron, Naturals White
Ink: Basic Black
Other: 3/16" Corner Punch, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, White Gel Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals

And there you have it!

If you have a moment and you are so inclined to do so, I would love it if you would stop by my Facebook page and "Like" it.

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy stamping :)

Monday, July 30, 2012

Checking in

Hello all! Just a quick note to say that I've been a busy little bee crafting away for the sidewalk sales this weekend! I've made a bunch of stuff in the past week. Hopefully I will get some pictures up next week when it's not so crazy. I've got a temporary set-up in my living room so I can craft and watch the Olympics at the same time. It's really upped my productivity! I guess I need a tv in my craft room ;)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Goodness Gracious! 19-29

Well hello!  Long time, no see.  It's been a crazy couple of weeks around here but I did get SOME stamping done!  I'm going to be doing a craft fair in a couple of weeks so that will really up my count, I'm sure.  I'm trying to figure out just what it is that I want to do.  It's my first craft fair so I don't want to make too much that might not sell, but I don't want to make not enough of the projects either and then be stuck!  I've found some super-cute ideas online and am eager to get started.  I just got home after a weekend away so tomorrow I will start with some of the new stuff!

But for now, I'd better get into catching up with the cards I've already done!

The color combo is taken from ColourQ #143 - I substituted Calypso Coral for Poppy Parade.

Stamps: Up, Up, & Away, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Pacific Point (Brights Collection DSP)
Ink: Basic Gray, Basic Black, Pacific Point Stampin' Write Marker
Other: Modern Label, Word Window, 3/16" Corner Punches, Dimensionals

I also did another One Sheet Wonder, and guess what?  I don't hate these cards!  In fact, I'd like to make more similar to this and sell them as sets at the craft fair.  I'd probably only make a few and change up the template, but I think this would be a cute gift.

(The sentiment on this one is embossed in white.)

I got the template and card sketches originally from the Stampin' Up! Demonstrator website (if you type one sheet wonder into the search box on the Demo site you should be able to find it).  The PDF was originally posted by Nancy Horn who credits Stephanie Carroll for the original idea.  Overall I like the way these cards turned out.  I think next time I might dress them up  just a little bit more with some pearls or rhinestones, maybe some faux stitching around the outside of some.

Stamps: Sincere Salutations, Best Yet
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Pool Party, Whisper White, So Saffron (Subtles Collection DSP)
Ink: Basic Gray, Versamark
Other: Basic Gray 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain, Basic Gray 5/8" Satin Ribbon, XL Oval Punch, Curly Label Punch, White Embossing Powder

And that's it!  Hopefully I'll be back with more soon but for now, happy crafting, everyone!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

I'm back! 15-18 of 100

Hello again!  I'll skip the fluff and get straight to the stamping.

This is the card I made for my husband for our anniversary.  I clear embossed the colored tree by covering the stamp in VersaMark and then coloring with markers.  Very simple and easy-to-make card.

Stamps: Easy Events
Cardstock: Crumb Cake
Ink: Basic Black, VersaMark, Stampin' Write Markers (Garden Green, Real Red, Early Espresso)
Other: Clear Embossing Powder

 This is a mini pizza box that I made as a prize for the workshop I had this past Saturday.  I'll get to that disaster later.  I filled the inside with Hershey's Bliss and a couple of Ghiradhelli squares.

Stamps: Yummy
Cardstock: Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple, Whisper White
Ink: Midnight Muse
Other: 3/16" Corner Punch, 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon (Daffodil Delight)

This is the first of two cards we were supposed to make on Saturday.  I based it on a card I posted already (Best Friend Forever) and modified it just a little bit.

Stamps: Fabulous Phrases
Cardstock: Marina Mist, Whisper White, Primrose Petals, Polka Dot Parade DSP (Daffodil Delight)
Ink: Primrose Petals
Other: Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, White Gel Pen

And this is the second card we were supposed to make on Saturday, again based on a card I already posted (the one with the umbrella).  I really like the way this one turned out, especially the way the faux stitching around the outside mimics the stitching on the ribbon.

Stamps: For the Birds
Cardstock: Basic Gray, So Saffron, Whisper White, Polka Dot Parade DSP (Marina Mist)
Ink: Basic Gray
Other: 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (Basic Gray), White Gel Pen

So anyway, I was supposed to have a workshop on Saturday.  I was excited because I was supposed to have around six people there.  The only person that showed up was my upline, who lives an hour and a half away.  I was pretty disappointed but as they say, every cloud has a silver lining.  Now I can use these cards at my workshop later this month and I don't have to prep anything ;)

If my calculations are correct, I'm way behind.  I have an extra day off this week (today) because of the holiday so I'd better hop to it!  Thanks for stopping by :)

Friday, June 29, 2012

Hello again!

Just a quick update to confirm that I haven't completely disappeared. I have made a few cards in the last couple of weeks that I haven't taken pictures of just yet. Things got a little hectic around here and now my in-laws are up for the weekend so I've been pretty occupied. I a doing a workshop tomorrow so I'll be busy tonight getting everything ready for that. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, right?!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

10-14 of 100

Now, don't be fooled by the fact that there will only be three cards pictured here.  Cards 11 and 12 were actually remakes of two of my Herb Expressions set that I did before 100 in 100 - my co-worker needed me to make four more each of Rosemary and Lavender, so I counted each as one.  It helped get me caught up, anyway ;)

Now, on to the fun!

This is a card I made based on another Mojo Monday sketch and ColourQ color combo, but I think I accidentally threw away the paper where I had written down which ones they were and to be honest, I'm feeling too lazy to go looking for them.

Here's what I don't like: the Old Olive DSP.  It just doesn't fit at all.  But, the important thing is to take what you don't like and learn from it.  Next time I make a card like this it won't be so weird!  Haha.

Stamps: For the Birds
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Not Quite Navy, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive (Brights DSP Patterns Stack)
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Whisper White Bakers Twine, Dimensionals

Now, if you'll all let me be boastful for a minute, I love this card.  A good friend of mine is getting married this weekend so I made this card for her and her soon-to-be-husband.  I embossed white on white for the dress (this is the Love & Laughter set minus the hanger and straps on the dress - I used the Versamarker to selectively not include that part).  The bow tie and lapels on the tuxedo are clear embossed on the black to give it a visual difference, which didn't photograph well.  The buttons on the tux are basic pearls colored black with a Sharpie.  I embossed the sentiment in white and clear embossed Real Red and punched the hearts.

Stamps: Love & Laughter
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red
Ink: Versamark/Versamarker
Other: Small Heart Punch, Pearl Basic Jewels, Dimensionals

For this one I just had a hankering to do a rainbow card.  No real reason.  I like the idea of the pinwheel stamp but it just doesn't look right the way it's colored.  And I tried coloring it like, four different ways, and I just didn't end up with anything I liked though what I ended up with was the best (or I was sick of trying, haha).  I'm also showcasing some new stuff I got the other day!  Large Oval, Scalloped Oval, and Modern Label punches!  I'm not sure how well you can read the sentiment (I inked it with a marker and it stamped kind of light) but it reads "hip hip hooray".

Stamps: Happy You
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Real Red, Tangerine Tango, So Saffron, Gumball Green, Pacific Point, Island Indigo, Perfect Plum, Watercolor Paper
Ink: Stampin' Write Markers in Pacific Point, Real Red, Tangerine Tango, So Saffron, and Gumball Green
Other: Modern Label, Word Window, Large Oval, Scalloped Oval punches; white gel pen

And I leave you with this last little bit for the day -- my very own stamping cat, Minerva.  She loves being up in my room with me.  This is a picture of her curled up in my Stampin' Up! box.  I thought it was appropriate ;)

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Mission: Organization

So I have decided that before I make ANY more cards I have got to clean and organize my room. I got all sorts of new stuff on Thursday and I haphazardly put it all away so I'm making good homes for new embellishments and my Big Shot. I also usually craft at night and don't like to clean up after so my table is a disaster and there are scraps everywhere. Ergo, I am cleaning AND possibly purging some stuff I don't use - there are two ladies that have papercrafting classes at the library every month and I think I'll donate some of my stuff to them to use for the classes. That'll clear out some space for whatever tickles my fancy in the future... :)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

8 & 9 of 100

Hello again!  Tonight I have projects 8 and 9 for you :)

#8 was inspired by Mojo Monday #242
And here is what I came up with!

I paper pieced the top of the umbrella in Tempting Turquoise.  Both the image and the sentiment are stamped crooked -_-  The writing on the umbrella reads "Friendship is a cozy shelter from life's rainy days."

Stamps: The Fine Print, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Tempting Turquoise, So Saffron, Whisper White, Melon Mambo (Brights DSP Patterns Stack)
Ink: Basic Gray
Other: Scallop Trim Border Punch, Dimensionals, White Gel Pen

And Card #9 was inspired by Mojo Monday Sketch #166 and Colour Q #18

And I ended up with this:

At first I was not so sure about the color combination, but I wanted to try to challenge myself out of my comfort zone.  I tried to use Old Olive DSP but it just stood out more than it should have.  I decided then to do the sentiment in Old Olive instead and make it much more subtle, and it worked great, I think!  I very very lightly sponged the edges of the oval in Old Olive, too.  I realized that I stamped the sentiment too low on the oval so I punched some flowers with a Studio G punch and added white dots with my gel pen.  I really like how it turned out :)  I think I would definitely make more cards like this!

Stamps: Fabulous Phrases
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, So Saffron (Subtles DSP Patterns Stack)
Ink: Old Olive
Other: XL Oval Punch, Flower Punch*, Dimensionals, White Gel Pen

All supplies from Stampin' Up! unless marked with a *.

Now, I just want to say that the other ladies doing the 100 in 100 Challenge with me are coming up with some fab cards!  I have lots of ideas for projects to do in the future.

I'm not sure if I'll be posting tomorrow night or not.  I get my new stuff tomorrow!  Which means either I'll take it all out and put it away nice and organized-like, or I'll rip a few things open and play (I, uh, I bought a Big Shot.  SO EXCITED).  Anyway.  I think I might take some pictures of my craft room soon and post them.  I'd love to see pictures of everyone else's space too!

Well, that's all for tonight.  Have a good one! :)

Monday, June 11, 2012

7 of 100 - Redux

Here's another card file box that I made yesterday with my Stampin' Up! stuff.  I made four dividers with tabs, though you could easily make more.  I have about ten or so cards in there and there's plenty of room left for more!

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, Subtles DSP Patterns Pack (Bashful Blue), Whisper White
Ink: Night of Navy
Other: Word Window Punch, 3/16" Corner Punch

I ran the Whisper White punched pieces through my Xyron (the little X one) - first time I've used the Xyron and it worked well!  I'm down to my last SNAIL refill right now and I don't want to run out, especially since I have cards that I "have" to make (I'm actually getting paid for them!) and my SU! stuff - all 30 lbs of it! - doesn't get here until Thursday night.  But I will have some fun new toys to play with this weekend! :D  I will not admit how much money I spent.  Nope.

Anyway, I think this box is really cute and might make a good "set" gift instead of a typical A2 box.  I had fun challenging myself to figure out how to do it so overall I'd call it a success.

In other crafty news, Joanns has a BOGO deal on OttLights right now.  I'm thinking about getting a couple of the small ones.  The lighting in my room is terrible (hence yellow-ish backgrounds and too dark darks), but it also makes it hard to see what I'm doing!  I've been reading some good things about OttLights and I figure if I don't like it, I can always bring it back.  I'd probably start with just the tabletop ones to see how I like them and then get a floor lamp later down the road if I "need" to.  Do any of you have OttLights?  How do you like them?

That's all for now!  I have dreams of making a card tonight still!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

7 of 100 - A Tutorial!

Hello again!

I saw this card file box on Pinterest the other day.  I went to the original blog post to find instructions, only to find out that the template for purchase (!) is no longer available, so I said to myself, "Self!  Figure it out."  And I did!

There are a lot of pictures.  I hope the instructions are clear enough if anyone wants to try this.  The tutorial so far is for the box only, not the dividers which I have not attempted yet (it's too hot to spend any more time in my craft room for the time being).  Because I was really trying this out to see how it worked I used some old materials I have on hand from before I was a demo.  The white cardstock is from Georgia Pacific and the patterned paper is from Recollections.

Away we go!

- two 7 3/4"x8 3/4" pieces of cardstock
- two 4 1/2"x5 1/2", one 1 3/4"x1 3/4", and one 5 1/2"x1 3/4" pieces of patterned paper
- paper trimmer, scoring tool, craft knife (optional), ruler
- pencil
- adhesive runner, Sticky Strip
- scissors


Score your cardstock at 2" and 6 3/4" (long side up).  You will do this to both pieces.


Turn the cardstock and score at 2".  You will do this to both pieces.


Snip the 2"x2" corner pieces off of ONE piece of cardstock (we'll call this A)


Snip the 2"x2" corner pieces of the other piece of cardstock as shown in the picture(we'll call this B).  These will become glue tabs.

 (Now is a good time to pre-fold your score lines.  I found this helped me keep everything orientated correctly.)

Measure 2" up from the bottom score line of B.  Make a mark with your pencil on the right-hand score line.  The score lines on my B piece were mountains up.

Use a craft knife or your paper trimmer to trim down the right-hand score line until you hit your pencil mark.  Then cut inward from the right-hand edge to your pencil mark (you will essentially be removing a 2"x3 3/4" piece).

Then measure 1" in from the left-hand score line on the top of B.  Mark with your pencil.

Use your ruler and a craft knife (or paper trimmer) to connect your top pencil mark with the corner of the cut you just made.  Cut that piece off.

This is what it should look like.

Repeat this same process with piece A, except you'll want the valleys up to create a mirror of piece B.

This is what it should look like with valleys up on both pieces.


Take your first piece of 4 1/2"x5 1/2" piece of patterned paper.  Make a pencil mark (long side) on the right-hand side at 1 3/4" from the bottom.  Make a pencil mark on the top at 3/4" from the left-hand edge.  Connect the dots with your ruler and cut off with your craft knife (just like you did to the cardstock pieces earlier).

Take your second piece of 4 1/2"x5 1/2" piece of patterned paper and turn it UPSIDE DOWN under your already trimmed piece.  The fact that it's upside down is very important - don't ask me how I know this.  Using your ruler as a guide, trim the second piece using the first as a template.

This is what you should have.


Using your adhesive runner, attach the patterned paper to piece B as shown.

Then attach the last two pieces of patterned paper to piece A.


Add Sticky Strip to piece B as shown.

Then add Sticky Strip to the bottom flap of piece A - valleys up.

Then add Sticky Strip to the back flap as shown - mountains up.


I adhered the bottom first, then the front, then the back.  In the end, this is what you should have.
And that's it!  You can stamp images instead of using patterned paper, use different colors, whatever you want.

Again, sorry if something isn't clear.  I've never written a tutorial before.  I know personally I get a better feel for a project from a video tutorial, but I am not the "make-a-video-tutorial" type of person. If any of you would like to try, feel free!  Just please link back here :)

Any questions, please ask.  If I wasn't clear, let me know and I'll try to fix the description.  I might have gotten in too close on some of the pictures.  Oh well.  Live and learn!

Enjoy :)