Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sweet Stitches Purse and Card Class

The Sweet Stitches Purse and Card Class will be held on May 5th and I have one opening still.  I was very inspired by Amanda Coughlin's tote, but wanted to make it larger so that my cards would fit in completely and not show.  I went to SCS to their tutorials and modified one to come up with this:
Sweet Stitches Purse

Sweet Stitches Gift Card
Then I thought it would be nice to have a gift card to enclose with the gift and after seeing many versions using the Scallop Envelope die, I was of course, too cute!
I have been thinking about making note cards similar to the ones made by Becky Roberts and I thought this project was perfect for them.  This is a card you could easily replace for the recipient of your Sweet Stitches Purse.
Sweet Stitches Note Cards and Envelopes
And the final picture of the entire class:
Sweet Stitches Purse and Card Class
Stamps:  Sew Suite, In Stitches(I removed mine from the wheel and cut into separate stitches)
Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise and Daffodil Delight card stock and Sweet Stitches DSP
Soft Suede, Melon Mambo
Big Shot, Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Sweet Buttons Embosslits, 3" Circle Original Die,Scallop Envelope Bigz Die, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Sweet Stitches Fabric Designer Brads, Melon Mambo Pompom Trim, 1 3/4" Scalloped Circle Punch, Rose Red 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Mother's Day Card Class

I finally finished the other two cards for the 5/3 Mother's Day card class.  If you don't have a special woman to give these to, we can make them into birthday or thank you cards. The first card I have seen all over the internet, but I loved it so much that I wanted to make one to share with you.  I don't know who first designed this card, but thank you, I love it.  This uses the branch from the Easter Blossoms, I just love this stamp set and I hope it carries over to the new catalog in July.

CASEd Mother's Day Blossoms
Stamp:  Easter Blossoms, Something to Celebrate
Pretty in Pink, Confetti White and Early Espresso Card Stock
Early Espresso
Big Shot, Framed Tulips Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Pretty in Pink 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Uni-Ball White Signo Ball Pen

Mother Four Frames Flower Garden
Starting May 1st our new Summer Mini Catalog starts.  I am so excited about the new Flower Garden Embossing Folder that is in the new catalog.  See how beautifully it embosses the card stock?   You are just limited by your own imagination.  I had a new package of Peach Parfait card stock to be opened, so I consulted my Color Coach for suggested color combination with the Peach Parfait.  I just love the resulting colors together, don't you?
Four Frames
Whisper White, Peach Parfait and Pear Pizzazz Card Stock, Pear Pizzazz In Color DSP Paper Pack
Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz, Cajun Craze and Early Espresso Markers
Big Shot, Flower Garden Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, Pear Pizzazz 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon, Decorative Label Punch

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Nature Walk Shadow Box - The Results

Last night we made our Nature Walk Shadow Boxes and as by request have taken pictures of them.  Forgot to take Amanda's box before she left, sorry Amanda.

Mari's Box

Cindy and BJ's Boxes
Come join us next time.  We have lots of fun!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Flores Suaves Mother's Day Card

Getting ready for my Mother's Day Card class on May 3rd.  I had purchased the Flores Suaves (my Spanish speaking daughter told me it means "soft flowers") over a month ago and I finally had time to play with it.  This morning bright and early, 5am, I was going through my huge amount of emails and one of the other demonstrators had tried a technique called "Tapestry Paper" I was so intrigued by it that I went over to Sage Kimbel's blog Stamping Madly and checked out her video and was inspired!

Flores suaves Mother's Day Card
I just love this technique!  The card just glows.  I originally bought this stamp set because my husband, Scott, the Bee Keeper(20 hives and counting) says that this bee is very close to the real thing.  And the butterfly with the set is beautiful also.
Flores Suaves #112913
Stamps:  Flores Suaves, Messages for Mom, Baroque Motifs (Love this one too)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, So Saffron, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede Classic Inks, Cherry Cobbler Craft Ink
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake and Naturals Ivory Card Stock
Accessories:  Champaign Mist Shimmer Paint, Stamping Sponges, Brayer, Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon(this goes away on 4/30, so stock up now!) Decorative Label Punch (come to class to see how I transformed this punch into the punched shape on my card), Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Old Olive, So Saffron and Cherry Cobbler Markers

And here are some close-ups of the card:

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Nature Walk Shadow Box

First I would like to say thank you to UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! Oh My Word!! Edition 2011.  This site has some very talented ladies on it and I have CASEd this from one of them, Nancy Horn, thanks so much Nancy!  This is our class project for Monday night.  I can't wait to see what my talented ladies do with this shadow box.

Front Cover Shadow Box
Shadow Box
Spine of Shadow Box
Inside of Shadow Box
Back cover of Shadow Box
Well, after promising this for a month, I finally had to get sick to finish it, sad I know.  And here is the Recipe:
  Nature Walk
  Botanical Gazette and First Edition DSP, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla and Naturals Ivory Card Stock
Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede and Early Espresso Classic Inks
Stampin' Write Markers:  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant and Bashful Blue
papier-mache book, Vanilla Pearl 1/2" Simply Adorned Baubles, Purchased nest

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Top Note Bunny Basket

On April 17th, we will be having an Easter class.  It will include this cute bunny basket along with two decoupaged eggs(which you will have to wait until next week to see) and the hanging egg found here:  Blooming Eggceptional Egg
Top Note Bunny Basket
I was inspired by Wendy Hawkinson who originally made this basket, but of course I had to add my own touches also.  The handle doesn't show here so I took another picture from the side:
Isn't he too cute!!!!

Ink: Soft Suede, Pretty in Pink
Paper:  Whisper White, Pretty in Pink and Basic Black Card Stock
Accessories:  Punches: 2"x1-3/8" Oval, 1-3/4"x7/8" Oval, Heart to Heart, 1" Circle, Two-Step Owl, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border
Big Shot, Fancy Favor bigz xl die

Tuesday Card Class

This Tuesday we will be making three cards.  I had a request for a baby shower card where the sex of the newborn is not known.  I must say that this threw me for awhile.  Several months ago one of the other Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrators mentioned in a chat that she had an album of all of the current Designer Series Paper that she showed her classes.  I thought this was a great idea, so I have made my own DSP album.  I can't tell you how it has helped my MOJO to refer to this DSP album when designing a card.
So back to the baby shower card, sorry, I was side-tracked for a moment there.  I opened my DSP album to the Nursery Suite Specialty paper and wow, SU has made it easy for me to design a card with no gender specified.

Baby Shower Card
Stamps:  A Slice of Life - Hostess (Free with a $150 party until April 30), Something to Celebrate - Hostess (Free with a $300 party until April 30)
Paper:  Nursery Suite Specialty DSP, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White and Chocolate Chip Card Stock
Ink:  Chocolate Chip Classic Inc; Regal Rose, Baja Breeze and Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Up Markers
Accessories: Pear Pizzazz 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon, Pear Pizzazz Big Designer Buttons Springtime Vintage, Hemp Twine, 1-3/4"x7/8" Oval Large Punch, Scalloped Oval Extra-Large Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

I am always needing a male birthday card so I decided to use the technique "Poppin' Pastels" along with the stamp set - Lovely As a Tree, I hope SU never retires this set, I really love it.  My friend, Marsha Reed, go check out her blog: Coffee Pot Cafe,  had a tutorial on using the Dotted Scalloped Ribbon Border Punch in a different way, so I used her tutorial on the following card.
Male Woodland Walk Birthday

Stamps:  Something to Celebrate - Hostess (Free with a $300 party until April 30), Lovely As a Tree
Paper:  Confetti Cream and Very Vanilla Card Stock, Woodland Walk DSP
Ink:  Versamark, Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Dotted Scalloped Ribbon Border Punch, Photo Corners Extra Large Punch, Bone Folder, Stampin' Pastels, Glue Dots and Stampin' Dimensionals

Elizabeth Wedding/Anniversary
I was out surfing the blog yesterday and was inspired by Sage Kimble to dig out my Elizabeth stamp again.  When Elizabeth first appeared in the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog on page 18, it was the first stamp I bought from the catalog and I have sat and ignored it for six months, it was time to pull it out and put a different spin on it this time.  The Always from the Always Elegant stamp set can be used for either a wedding card or an anniversary.  Don't you just love those little rosettes?  They come in vanilla and you can use your Stampin' Markers to color them any matching color to your card.  Win, Win!

Stamps:  Elizabeth, Always Elegant
Paper:  Confetti White, Very Vanilla and Pretty in Pink Card Stock, Lap of Luxury DSP
Ink:  Basic Grey Classic Ink;  So Saffron, Pretty in Pink and Wild Wasabi Stampin' Write Markers
Accessories:  Vanilla Rosettes (page 16, Occasions Mini Catalog - ends April 30), Retired SU ribbon

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Initial Class

Tonight we had our initial class and of course I forgot to take pictures of half of the groups initials, but here are three to give you a taste of their creativity.

Easter Card and Two Cute Easter Treat Class

On Monday night at class we will be making the following:

Easter Blossoms Card
Isn't this little girl just adorable?  I totally CASEd these projects because I fell in love with them.  The card above was inspired by Jonia Smith.
Stamps:  Easter Blossoms and Something to Celebrate(Hostess available until April 30th with a $300 order, contact me for more information)
Ink:  Versamark, Concord Crush, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo Stampin' Markers
Paper: Whisper White and Pretty in Pink Card Stock, Lap of Luxury DSP
Accessories:  Pretty in Pink 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Black Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin' Dimensionals, 1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval Large punch, Scallop Oval Extra-Large Punch

Petal Cone Bunny
 This project was inspired by Theresa Vargas, isn't he just too cute?  He has room in his carrot pouch for candy.
Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Old Olive
Paper: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, Basic Black Card Stock
Accessories:  Big Shot, Petal Cone Bigz L Die, Large circle Scallop Bigz Die, Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/4"x 7/8" Oval Punch, 1-3/8"x5/8" Oval Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle and Two-Step Owl Extra-Large Punch, Ornament Extra-Large Punch, Perfect Polka Dots, Stampin' Write Journaler, uni-ball Signo White Gel Pen
Petal Card Bunny Box

This cute little box was inspired by Mary Fish and it holds one Hershey's Kiss, just too fun!
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black and Pretty in Pink Card Stock
Accessories:  Petal Card Extra-Lg Double Punch, 3/4x15/16 Inch Oval Punch, Blossom Petals Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Heart to Heart Punch, Bitty Button

Monday, April 4, 2011

Botanical Gazette Initial

Our class tomorrow night is a creativity class where my ladies will be bringing their own papier-mache initial and will decorate it with my papers to match their own style. 
Botanical Gazette Initial

I have decorated mine using the First Edition DSP and also the Botanical Gazette DSP which is currently my favorite paper.  I cut out bees, butterflies and moths from the DSP and colored them with our great Stampin' Write Markers.  Here are some closer details.  See the large pearl hanging from the flower, that is the Simply Adorned Bauble Vanilla Pearl 1/2", don't you just love it?

I'll add pictures of the initials created in class so you can see what a talented group of ladies I create with.