Tuesday, June 23, 2009

NEW Designer Paper & Ribbon Shares

The new Stampin' Up! catalogue comes out on July 1st and there are many fabulous new designer papers, colours and ribbons. Seeing as there are so many new items and many of our wish lists are longer than we could possibly afford at one time - I thought I would offer some shares featuring the new designer papers and ribbons.

What is a share? For those of you who are unaware of what a "share" is - it is when you purchase a smaller portion of each of the new items for a fraction of the cost - allowing you to sample the new products. I am going to be offering 2 different shares: 1 for designer papers and 1 for designer ribbons.

DESIGNER PAPER SHARE: There are 18 designer paper sets in the new catalogue on pages 160-163 (excluding the new patterns designer paper packs); 12 are brand new to this catalogue and 6 are returning from the previous catalogue. If you are part of this share, it includes 105 - 6" x 6" designer papers (1 of each pattern) and a various assortment of die cuts from the The Write Stuff specialty designer paper.
You get all of this for $35 + $5 shipping

RIBBON SHARE: (This share includes 3 yards (9 feet / 36 inches) each of the new 1/2" Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon in all of the new in colours (dusty durango, soft suede, melon mambo, bermuda bay, crushed curry and rich razzleberry - in order from L-R as in picture) .
You get all of this for $20 + $2 shipping

How to join the share(s): If you are interested in one or both of these shares, email me with your name, mailing address, e-mail address and which share(s) you are interested in. I will then send you a paypal invoice for the corresponding amount via email. You must reside in Canada to participate in these shares. You may purchase more than 1 of each share (ie. pay $40 for 6 yards of each of the ribbons).

I will require 8 people (or 8 shares if you are purchasing more than one share) for the designer paper share and I will require 5 shares for the ribbon share. If there is not this amount, I will not be able to do the shares. There will be a link available July 1 to view the new designer papers and ribbons in the catalogue if you want to check them out first.

If there is enough interest in these shares, I will order the papers and ribbons as soon as all payments are received (this could be as early as July 1). I will also offer different shipping rates if various shares are purchased.

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions!

Happy Father's Day with 2 Cards!

Here are the Father's Day cards that I had to reschedule!

I actually made two Father's Day cards this year - one for Grant to give my Dad and one for myself to give. I had two sentiments that were perfect and I couldn't decide which to use so I decided to make two so I could use them both!This is the card I made for Grant to give to my Dad. It was made using SC232, which I obviously couldn't share earlier. For reasons I won't get into, Grant has always felt as though my Dad is his Dad (although now he is officially since we're married) and his "father figure" for when we have children so this Papertrey Ink sentiment says that all so eloquently.This card is the card I made for myself to give to him (inspired by SC231). This sentiment has always been the case with my Dad. I constantly tried (and still do) to get him to buy me stuff and after paying for my wedding this sentiment could not be more true!

My Dad has done so many things I admire and I only hope he knows how much we appreciate everything he has done for us. He (and my Mom) even suggested Grant move in with us when he needed to get out of his living situation - so if it weren't for them, things may not even be the way they are between Grant and I now. I hope he rubbed off enough on Grant (as I'm sure Grant does too) to enable Grant to be the same kind of father he is.


Grant's Card
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Father Knows Best
Ink: SU sage shadow, chocolate chip
Paper: SU sage shadow, chocolate chip, autumn vine dp (retired)
Punches: SU 1 1/4" square punch, photo corner punch
Misc: SU dimensionals (to raise tree panel)

My Card
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Father Knows Best
Ink: SU basic black
Paper: SU kiwi kiss, basic black, basic gray, urban oasis dp
Brads: Bazzill Basics black
Misc: SU dimensionals (to raise sentiment panel)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Last Masculine Card

This is the last of 6 masculine cards I have created for my Aunt to use for male teachers. I went again for the clean lines and geometric patterns when creating this masculine 4.25" x 4.25" card. This stamp set is actually the very first SU stamp set I used and got me addicted to using SU stamps enough to become a demonstrator myself. I coloured the stamp with my bashful blue marker and then since there were not "in colour" markers in this years catalogue I dipped my blender pen into the reinker and then coloured the "thanks" part of the stamp. That brings me to some exciting news for the upcoming catalogue - markers in the new "in colours" are now going to be available!


Stamps: SU Lexicon of Love (retired)
Ink: SU bashful blue, ridinghood red
Paper: SU ww, bashful blue, washington apple dp (reitred)
Brads: SU bashful blue brads
Misc: SU dimensionals (to raise center panel)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

SC233 Two Masculine Takes

Happy Father's Day! I had to reschedule my posts so you'll see my Father's Day cards later in the week because my Dad hadn't got them in the mail yet.

Here are a couple of more cards for my aunt that are both takes on the SCS sketch challenge SC233. This card features two new items from the upcoming catalogue that goes live July 1! The base paper of this card is one of the new "in colours" soft suede (which is my favourite) and the tiny sentiment features the new stamp set "teeny tiny wishes." The image stamp is heat embossed with white embossing powder to raise it up for more detail, then the whole panel is raised on SU dimensionals. I went for a similar look with this card but switched the colours and changed the direction of the card. I "thumped" the image (which means I coloured the whole image in the green galore and then hit it with the gable green marker a few times before stamping) to give it more dimension. It is hard to see well in the photo since the colours are so similar! This card too has the "teeny tiny wishes" sentiment heat embossed in white embossing powder. The main panel is raised up on dimensionals.


Card 1
Stamps: SU Embrace Life, SU Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: SU Soft Suede, Versmark
Paper: SU soft suede, ww, kraft, kraft dp
Misc: SU white embossing powder, SU dimensionals

Card 2
Stamps: SU Garden Silhouettes (retired), SU Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: SU gable green, green galore, Versamark
Paper: SU ww, gable green, green galore
Brads: SU green galore brads
Misc: SU white embossing powder, SU dimensionals

Friday, June 19, 2009

Geometric Thank You

This card is probably the least masculine of the bunch but I still think it works - mostly due to the colours and geometric designs and patterns.Not much to say about this card - it's pretty straight forward. Don't hesitate to email if you want to know something that isn't clear!


Stamps: SU Pocket Silhouettes, PTI Father Knows Best
Ink: SU kiwi kiss, night of navy
Paper: SU night of navy, ww, kiwi kiss, maine blueberry dp (retired)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Goodbye Kiwi Kiss

Here's another masculine card I made. I received my order of sneak preview items that I ordered from the new catalogue and realized I hadn't played much with kiwi kiss, black and white together, and since kiwi kiss will be gone right away I thought it was time to use this colour combo (which is definitely one of my favourites).Not much to say about this card, I just tried to keep the lines clean, use colours with a lot of contrast as well as little patterned paper to make this card masculine. I think it's one of my favourites!


Stamps: SU Define Your Life
Ink: SU basic black
Paper: SU ww, basic black, kiwi kiss, urban oasis dp
Brads: Bazzil Basic black brads

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Krafty Gratitude

Over the next little while you'll see a few versions of what I would consider a "masculine" thank you card. I'm making 6 thank you cards for my aunt that are going to all be going to males. Unfortunately, there aren't too many (what I would consider anyways) masculine stamps that are not "kiddish." So, I've primarily played around with colour and layouts to make them masculine. I hope my aunt enjoys the result!This card uses the colours kraft, basic gray and basic black which combine for a more masculine feel. The straight lines and few embellishments also lend well to making a masculine card.


Stamps: SU Define Your Life
Ink: SU basic black
Paper: SU kraft, basic black, basic gray, urban oasis dp
Brad: SU corduroy brads

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

SFYTT Birthday Bots

I've finally finished up all of the wedding thank yous and got a chance to make some cards for fun! It helped that I had the incentive of my new SU set "Lots of Bots" which will be available in the new catalogue in July! This set is too cute - I hope the rest of the new catalogue sets are this great! This card was created using Jen's June 13th Sketch for You to Try (SFYTT) and I love the way it turned out. You'll notice I ended up affixing the sentiment underneath the main image instead of over it (as in the sketch) but I felt it looked better this way!

I coloured the image using my blender pens in the inks to enable to shadowing look. Too bad these colours (kiwi kiss and pacific point) are going to be gone when the new catalogue comes out - but I have seen the new "In Colours" and they are fabulous!


Stamps: SU Lots of Bots
Ink: SU kiwi kiss, pacific point, summer sun, StazOn jet black
Paper: SU ww, kiwi kiss, pacific point, summer sun, good morning sunshine dp
Misc: SU blender pens

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Wedding Reception Details

Some of you may remember that I had created my own table numbers for the wedding reception we had in Calgary following the wedding in the Dominican to celebrate with our family and friends. I thought you might be interested in seeing how they looked all set up as well as some other items I created to go along with our colour scheme.

Here's a picture of how the tables looked all set up. We were lucky and the catering company even had table cloths and napkins in certainly celery and chocolate chip. As a bonus the chairs at the hall were even brand new and chocolate chip in colour! How lucky! You can see our favours are personalized decks of cards (again with the colours also the same) - we thought it was a good favour because it gave some of the kids something to do during the reception as well as we play a lot of cards so it was something special to our relationship as well!

For our seating plan we took a black picture frame and spray painted it a suede texture of chocolate chip and filled the horizontal slots with pictures from the wedding and used the vertical slots as seating for tables. It's easier to see than explain (Sorry the picture isn't great but the frame is such an akward size). For the tables we printed all of the names out in chocolate chip on whisper white paper and matted it with certainly celery paper. Once that was done, we felt like there wasn't enough green so we took certainly celery 5/8" grosgrain and adhered it along the edges of the frame. It looked great and we had lots of comments on it! For a total of about $50 we created our own personalized seating plan in our wedding colorus!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

My First Tart & Tangy Magnets

It's been a while! I've finally got around to photographing the magnets I made before we even left for our wedding. These were my first attempt ever at making magnets so they aren't perfect but I learned a few things along the way that I'll take with me if and when I make some more! Some of the magnet images are fuzzy and I found out that was because I glued the magnet on before the other product on the back of the stamped image was dry. I'm not sure I'm patient enough for this type of project. Oh well, it's something fun and useful for my craft space.


Stamps: SU Tart & Tangy
Ink: SU real red, old olive, pumpkin pie
Paper: SU whisper white
Misc: magnet, E6000 glue, Microglaze, 7/8" glass tile, Diamond glaze (all of these supplies were bought off Etsy)