Friday, October 31, 2008

RDOA Eastern Sketches

Back again with another third post two days in a row! Still trying to do some catching up! These cards are based off of this sketch from Day 11 of RDOA.

Card 1: Card 2: I really like the way both of these cards turned out. My stamping room is a disaster so I wanted to use the same stamp set and the same papers so I wouldn't be pulling out more supplies - I have a tendency to not put away the stuff I'm done with and then clean it all once a week!

I like to make cards without sentiments lately so that they could be used for anything to make them more versatile.


Card 1
Stamp: SU Eastern Blooms
Ink: SU Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip
Paper: SU kiwi kiss, chocolate chip, ww, hawaii papaya dp
Ribbon: SU chocolate chip
Misc: SU dimensionals

Card 2:
Stamp: SU Eastern Blooms
Ink: SU kiwi kiss, tangerine tango
Paper: SU kiwi kiss, tangerine tango, ww, hawaii papaya dp
Ribbon: SU kiwi kiss
Misc: SU dimensionals

RDOA Scrap Challenge

Day 6 of RDOA was a challenge to use our scraps (which is also a Ways to Use It Challenge 177). This was a great challenge for me because I have a ton of scraps that I never use! The first card is an SUO card and the second would have been if I had SU black ribbon or something to use for bling!

I'm not too happy with this one, but I had so many scraps from prepping the materials for the upcoming card class so I thought I should use them. It reminds me of bedding or something though. I love the way this card turned out! I can't take all the credit, I cased it from this card that Lauren Meader made. This is also for WT178. Supplies

Get well card
Stamps: SU Curvy Verses
Ink: SU Chocolate Chip
Paper: SU baja breeze, chocolate chip, real red, ww
Misc: SU photo corner punch

Thanks Card
Stamp: SU Eastern Blooms, Short & Sweet
Ink: SU basic black, certainly celery, pretty in pink, bashful blue, pale plum, barely banana, apricot appeal
Paper: SU ww, certainly celery, pretty in pink, bashful blue, pale plum, barely banana, apricot appeal
Misc: Heidi Swapp bling, Spool O'Ribbon

Happy Halloween!!

Happy Halloween! I love Halloween! Interesting to hear on the news last night that some places in the country are now calling it "orange and black day" to be politically correct. I know how I feel about that, how do you feel?

Anyway, on to a couple more Halloween Cards that I created for this sketch as part of RDOA. This card I am not too sure about, but I do love that spooky spider image. I'm waiting for another one to come in the mail from the Decor Elements line. This has to be one of my absolulte favourite Halloween projects I've made yet. It's quite simple but it's just so festive and fun! Can you tell I just love these SU rubons? They are so cute and easy to use!


Spooky Spider card:
Rubon: SU Chills & Thrills
Paper: SU pumpkin pie, basic black, ghostly greetings dp

Halloween Pumpkin card:
Rubon: SU Chills & Thrills
Paper: SU ww, ghostly greetings dp

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Christmas Combo

I'm back with a third post in one day! I'm trying to get on top of all the challenges and projects that I have had in my mind to make. As part of RDOA, Angel challenged us on Day 4 to create a couple of Christmas projects. This worked out well because when I saw this weeks sketch challenge and tutorial I already had two in mind! This card is for SC200. It turn out quite as nice as I pictured but I still quite like it. This is a triangle treat box and is so easy to make. Usually I don't find 3D items too easy but this one definitely is! You can find the tutorial to create your own here. Supplies

Season's Greetings Card
Stamp: SU Snow Swirled
Ink: SU baja breeze
Paper: SU ww, baja breeze, ski slope dp

Triangle Treat Box
Stamp: SU Snow Swirled, Short & Sweet
Ink: SU baja breeze
Paper: SU ww, baja breeze
Ribbon: SU white organdy
Punches: SU word window, scallop circle, 1 1/4" circle, 1 3/8" circle

RDOA Halloween Cards

I had to get a couple more Halloween cards in before it's too late! They are just so fun to make. These were based off this sketch for RDOA.

This card was made using the SU rubons "Chills & Thrills" and I tried to make it look like the bat was carrying the "boo" saying - I think it worked! Plus, rather than doing a ribbon, I used the rubons to create a line across the bottom. This card again uses the rubons and I just think this one is too cute. Supplies:

Batty Card
Rubons: SU Chills & Thrills
Paper: SU kiwi kiss, ww, basic black, ghostly greetings dp

Pumpkin Card
Rubons: SU Chills & Thrills
Paper: SU ww, basic black, ghostly greetings dp
Ribbon: SU white organdy

RDOA Christmas Bag Toppers

I liked these bag toppers that I made earlier, so I decided to make some for Christmas and when I saw this sketch as part of Angel's "Rainbow Days of Angelosity" (RDOA) I felt inspired. These are super easy to make and look so festive. I just started making these bag toppers and now I can't stop!


Stamps: SU Snow Swirled, Deer Friends
Ink: SU baja breeze
Paper: SU ww, baja breeze, ski slope dp
Misc: SU medium cello bags

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

First Christmas Cards

I haven't had much time for stamping because I have been prepping all the materials for the upcoming christmas card class. I thought I would share a couple of the first Christmas cards that I ever made. These are very simple cards but I still quite like them (unlike some of the other first cards I made where I wonder what the heck I was thinking).

Santa card: Believe Snowman card: It's interesting to see how much more intricate my cards have become in the last year! Layering and embellishments are used so much more!


Both cards
Stamp: Inkadinkadoo
Ink: StazOn jet black
Paper: DCWV cardstock, ?dp
Misc: Red marker, Creative Memories circle cutter

Monday, October 27, 2008

Christmas Cards Set 2

Here are the last five cards that we will be doing as part of our Christmas Card Class in which we will be making 10 cards (the first 5 can be seen here). These 5 are part of my upline's class planning service - you can read more about this particular class here. Since we are making 10 cards for the group to send off as their own, I eliminated the portfolio and then made a few very minor adjustments to make the cards a bit more of my style. I changed the colour of the brads and build a brads to silver and pewter and eliminated the use of the ticket corner punch.

This class is excellent for showing the great products SU has to offer (designer paper, coordating cardstock, brads and build-a-brads). But I especially like how this class features several of the coordinating embellishments (snow flurries and ribbon). Here's a closer look at the cards with my changes:

Card 1: Card 2: Card 3: Card 4: Card 5: I hope this Christmas Card Class goes great. Feel free to email me with any questions!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Halloween Candy Boxes

Here are a couple of Halloween candy boxes that hold mini Hershey peanut butter cups (which are one of my favourite candies) or Hershey nuggets. Here are the boxes closed: This shows all of the candies in the box when pulled right out of it's case. The boxes even fit the candy when you decorate the tops so the inside can be themed too! Sandy Grupka created these templates and shared them as a guest stamper on Mary's blog Stampin' Pretty - you can find them on this post. I had to use those same two papers she did because they are my favourite of all the Halloween papers.

These are super easy and fun to make so I'll definitely be making some of these in a Christmas theme!


Stamps: SU Batty for You
Ink: SU basic black
Rubons: SU Chills & Thrills
Paper: SU Ghostly Greetings dp, kiwi kiss, pumpkin pie, basic gray, basic black, ww
Punches: SU 1 1/4" circle, 1 3/8" circle punches

Friday, October 24, 2008

Christmas Set

Well it's been a week since my last post but I'll make up for it today by posting 5 cards I created for an upcoming Christmas card class I'm doing for my Mom and her co-workers! I hope they will like all of these! We'll be making ten cards and I'll share the other 5 cards in a couple of days. These cards are quite simple for experienced crafters but I'll be doing the class with mostly inexperienced crafters (I think) so I wanted to make them simple but still great for the holidays! These cards feature a hostess stamp set, designer paper and SU punches. Here is a better look at the details of each card (sorry the photos aren't great but the weather isn't the best here).

Santa Card: Snowman Card: Reindeer Card: Chrismtas Tree Card: Gingerbread Card:

Stamp: SU Deer Friends
Ink: SU real red, baja breeze, chocolate chip, ww, old olive
Paper: SU Ski Slope dp, real red, baja breeze, chocolate chip, ww, old olive
Punches: Scallop edge punch, Scallop circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8 circle punch
Misc: Crystal Effects (for the reindeer nose)

Friday, October 17, 2008

VSSEP08 Masculine Set

Just like I said I would I created another birthday set using the VSSEP08 challenge. This set is a more masculine birthday set and is an example of how to make it an SUO card like suggested in the previous post by using designer paper as the background piece (if you like to layer as much as I do). Here are close ups of each of the cards so you can see the details better.

Card 1: Card 2: Card 3: Card 4: I love the way these cards turned out. This designer paper is one of my favourites!

Stamps: SU Birthday Whimsy (card 1), SU Full of Life (card 2), SU Upsy Daisy (card 3), SU Lots of Thoughts (card 4)
Ink: SU Not Quite Navy
Paper: SU bashful blue, ww, Maine Blueberry dp
Misc: SU dimensionals

Thursday, October 16, 2008

VSSEP08 Birthday Set

I never had a chance to play along with Verve September Release One Sheet Wonder challenge (VSSEP08) until now and I love the way my cards turned out. All four cards are made from only one 6x6 double-sided designer paper - although I added a ton of more cardstock for layering! Here are pictures of the individual cards so that you can see more of the details clearly. These could easily be made into SUO cards by eliminating the use of the CB embossing folder and using either plan cardstock or other designer paper!

Card 1: Card 2: Card 3: Card 4: I love the way these turned out so much that I'm thinking of making more in the other designer papers that use this same pattern (maybe more than just birthday cards too)!

Stamp Sets: SU Lots of Thoughts (card 1), SU Full of Life (card 2), SU Upsy Daisy (card 3), SU Birthday Whimsy (card 4)
Ink: SU Riding Hood Red
Paper: SU Riding Hood Red, So Saffron, Washington apple dp
Misc: SU dimensionals, Swiss dots CB folder

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Halloween Gift Bag

This was a super easy gift bag to make because I used my Cricut "Bags, Tags, Boxes and More" cartridge on the giftbag setting at 4 1/2". Then it was just a matter of taping the bag together and adding the main image to the front. I've currently just filled it with Hershey kisses but I was thinking I will probably just put all of the pixie stix from this post in it to give to my sister for her to give to her grade 2/3 class she teaches (I ended up making enough for the whole class since they were so cute).


Stamps: SU Batty for You
Ink: SU tangerine tango
Paper: SU basic black, kiwi kiss, tangerine tango, ww
Misc: Cricut machine and "tags, bags, boxes and more" cartridge

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Halloween Candy Bags

Here are a couple of Halloween candy bags I made! I just can't seem to get enough of these Batty for You stamps and Ghostly greetings dp. I'll have to find a use for all of these Halloween things I've been creating - maybe some friends or co-workers will be getting some candies!


Stamps: SU Batty for You
Ink: SU basic black, kiwi kiss
Paper: SU Basic black, basic gray, ww, ghostly greetings dp
Misc: SU 1 1/4" circle punch, scallop punch, medium cellophane bags

Monday, October 13, 2008

Cuppacakeabella Birthday

Here are a couple of cards that I made that incorporate my trying to make more birthday cards as well as cards that don't use too many embellishments. However, these still use paper piecing so that they weren't too plain! I stamped a couple of the image on different patterned papers then cut them out and swapped some of the pieces to get two opposite coloured images. The hair, mouth and shoes are coloured using my SU pastels and blender pens.


Stamps: Stamping Bella Cuppacakeabella
Ink: StazOn jet black
Paper: SU chocolate chip, pretty in pink, berry bliss dp
Misc: SU pastels, blender pens

Sunday, October 12, 2008

SC197 Birthday Blooms

Here are a few birthday cards I made based on SC197.
They didn't photograph quite well but the stripes really tie in the green of the main image.


SC197 Pink
Stamps: SU eastern blooms, short & sweet
Ink: SU old olive, pretty in pink
Paper: SU georgia peach
Punch: SU word window

SC197 Blue
Stamps: SU eastern blooms, short & sweet
Ink: SU old olive, bashful blue
Paper: SU Maine blueberry
Punch: SU word window

Friday, October 10, 2008

Birthday SFYTT

October 6 was my Dad's birthday (Happy Birthday Daddy!) and in terms of crafting, it made me realize how few birthday cards I actually make, so I'm going to start trying to make more! I know I tend to focus on thank you cards but that tends to be what gets used the most.

To get me started in my goal to make more birthday cards, I used Jen's SFYTT again. I tried to leave the focus just on all of the straight lines in the sketch (if you know me and are reading this you know how much I love straight lines and symmetry). I'm really happy with the way that this card turned out. Sorry for the crappy photo, but it's not too bright out, it's supposed to SNOW here today! Don't you just love the washington apple designer paper? I think it's my favourite from the new catalogue.

Stamps: SU Full of Life
Ink: SU riding hood red
Paper: SU riding hood red, bashful blue, ww, washington apple dp
Misc: SU dimensionals

Thursday, October 9, 2008


Sorry for the delay in posts. It's been a busy week - I had to work 6 evenings in a row then go back to Calgary for appointments.

This is the card I made for Jen's SFYTT. I really like this sketch - it's so simple but I love all of the straight lines! Cards like this make me wish I had the SU markers so that I could have just coloured the bat from the stamp and left out the writing! One of these days I'll break down and buy them!

Stamps: SU Batty for You
Ink: SU basic black
Paper: SU pumpkin pie, basic black, ghostly greetings dp

Thursday, October 2, 2008

New SU Promotions

Here are a lot of new SU promotions that might interest you...

Promotions at a glance (read further for more details on each)
-Oct 1-31, 2008 - Spend $20 get 20% off select birthday stamp sets; Large tip Aqua painter promotion
-Oct 1-Nov 30 - Host a $460 workshop and choose a free stamp set
-Oct 4-11, 2008 - 20% off Simply Send Card Elements and Card Kits
-Now-Oct 11, 2008 - Become an SU demonstrator two ways: 1) $249 starter kit with free stamp; 2) $119 starter kit where you choose stamp, scrapbook or home decor focus
-Oct 1, 2008-Jan 18, 2009 - Holiday Mini Catalogue available
-Phase 2 of Decor Elements now available

This year is Stampin Up's 20th birthday and they are celebrating with a new promotion! If you spend $20, you can get 20% off select SU birthday stamp sets. Plus, they are offering a product promotion in which you can buy the large tip aqua painter for $8.50. Click here for more details. Host a $460 workshop from October 1-November 30 and you can choose one stamp set from the Fall-Winter sampler for free! Click here for more details and email me to book your workshop!

Did you know that October 4 is World Card Making Day? SU is celebrating by offering its Simply Sent Card Elements and Card Kits (on pages 176-177 of the catalogue) at 20% off from October 4-11th only! Click here for more details. Now is a great time to sign up to be a Stamping Up demonstrator - there is just over a week left to take advantage of these great offers. If you want to earn extra money or buy Stampin Up's great products at a discounted rate - there are two great promotions going on until October 11th that you may want to consider. If you join as a demonstrator with the regular $249 starter kit, you can choose any stamp set (of any value) for free! Or, if you have lots of SU product already, take advantage of the $119 starter kit special where you can choose your kit based on if you wanted to focus on stamping, scrapbooking or home decor. Click here for more details. From now until January 18, 2009 you can purchase items from the SU Holiday Mini Catalogue. It features great products for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day and more! For more details click here. Phase 2 of the Decor Elements line is now available to order. It's great vinyl products for any hard, smooth surface in your home! This line features great products for decorating a childs room and for the upcoming Christmas season. Click here for more details.