Monday, February 28, 2011

SC321 Baby Animal Squares

As soon as I saw the sketch SC321 last week, I knew I wanted to make a baby card using the retired Wild About You set using the squares like in this card by Miss Boo.
I love the way this card turned out. It will definitely have to be a card that I only give to someone in person as there is way too much dimension to it for mailing. The squares themselves, the elephant ear, lion's mane and lion's face are all raised up on dimensionals (the animal parts were cut using my paper snips - the best scissors ever for detailed cutting).

The "one" looks crooked in the photo for some reason but it doesn't in real life - I made sure by using my stamp-a-ma-jig to keep the words straight! This is one of my favourite "word" type sets in the catalogue because it's so versatile since you can make it say whatever you want!

I'll probably end up recreating this card using other paper and maybe other animal stamps (like fox & friends or animal stories) because I still need a few more baby cards over the next couple months!

Stamps: SU Wild About You (retired), Fabulous Phrases
Ink: SU bashful blue, pacific point
Paper: SU ww, pacific point, celebrations dp
Ribbon: SU 1/4" bashful blue grosgrain (retired)
Punches: SU 1 1/4" square, 1 3/8" square
Misc: SU dimensionals

Saturday, February 26, 2011

MDS Wedding CD Cover

I recently had a week off and made myself a huge list of all the things I needed to do so I wouldn't forget anything. One of the things I was supposed to order an 8x10" photo from our wedding for Grant's Mom. I couldn't pick which one she would want so we called and said we would just send her a CD of all the wedding photos and then she could order which ever one she wanted.
Then, just for fun, I made this cover for the CD case to go with it using our wedding colours.

If you are interested, you can view the following things I made for our wedding using these colours:
-wedding invitations and RSVPs here
-my thank you notes for my bridal shower here
-wedding thank yous here (we ended up using the first thank you card that Grant liked better) and,
-our seating plan and table numbers here

Thursday, February 24, 2011

No Stamp Holly Jolly Christmas Set

I know it's way out of season, but I only just got around to using my Holly Jolly rubons that I just had to have! I guess it's a good way to get a head start on Christmas cards (this past year was the first time we used all the Christmas cards I like to make because Grant used them for coworkers).

Here's a look at the 4 cards I made!

Happiest Holidays:
Merry & Bright:
Merry (based on February's SFYTT):
Season of Cheer:
These 4 cards were so cheap/affordable to make! Rubons are a fantastic way to make a lot of cards for less. These cards only used a couple sheets of cardstock, hardly any of the pack of designer paper and only a very small portion of the rubons. I could easily make dozens more cards with the amount of supplies left over. The rubons come with two sheets of each image set so I could even make doubles of each!

Rubons: SU Holly & Jolly
Paper: SU very vanilla, cherry cobbler, Jolly Holiday dp
Ribbon: SU 1/2" cherry cobbler seam binding, 3/8" old olive taffeta
Punch: SU 1" circle, scallop circle
Misc: circle cutter, dimensionals

Monday, February 21, 2011


It's been a while since I posted a ton of baby cards that I had to make for several co-workers but now I'm in it again. This time, one of my coworkers recently had twin boys.
I stamped the Baby Steps image once in baja breeze, then coloured only the baby elephant with my markers and used my stamp-a-ma-jig to line it up and stamp it just behind the previously stamped baby elephant. Such an easy way to make a stamp set more versatile and great for twins! I also stamped scrap versions of the elephants so I could cut out the ears and adhere them with dimensionals.

When I stamped the images, I didn't colour in the congratulations sentiment on the stamp so that it wouldn't appear directly below them. I later coloured the sentiment in with my chocolate chip marker and used my stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the sentiment with the bottom center of the card.

As you can tell, I love to use my stamp-a-ma-jig! It is definitely a product I would recommend to any stamper. I use it on almost every card I make!

Stamps: SU Baby Steps
Ink: SU baja breeze, chocolate chip
Paper: SU baja breeze, ww, chocolate chip, baja breeze dp (retired), nursery suite specialty dp
Ribbon: SU 1/4" chocolate chip grosgrain (retired)
Misc: SU dimensionals

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Soft Sympathy

Unfortunately Grant was in need of another sympathy card, this one for his former boss when we lived in Calgary.
I had recently purchased the "Thanks for Caring" stamp set and thought it would be perfect for this card. I mostly bought this stamp set because I loved the flower image (which I coloured with my SU markers) but now the sentiments are coming in handy too! I didn't include the bottom portion of this sentiment however because it just didn't seem that appropriate for someone who we didn't keep in regular contact with.

Stamp: SU Thanks for Caring
Ink: SU soft suede, baja breeze
Paper: SU soft suede, baja breeze, crumb cake, very vanilla, elegant soiree dp
Ribbon: SU baja breeze 1/2" seam binding
Misc: Swiss Dots embossing folder

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Punch Bunch Birthday in MDS

I posted the above card yesterday and thought that I would try re-creating it using MDS to show you how great it looks.
I love using MDS. I like to play on my computer and now this gives me something more productive to do rather than just playing on facebook or games. The only thing that took a while on this card, was using punches to fill all the scallops on the scallop square punch in with melon mambo colour as there isn't yet a feature to colour parts of stamp sets in different colours (fingers crossed that there will be soon)! The shadow feature is an element that I use on everything I create so that it looks like it has more dimension - just like a real card!

Did you notice the new watermark I made on the digital card too? I made it using the butterfly from the Stampin' Up! Bliss set. Which do you think looks better: my original watermark or the butterfly one?

Please note that all of these digital products are available as a disk of digital downloads for Sale-A-Bration.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

SAB Punch Bunch Birthday

I finally pulled out my SAB materials and made this fun card with them. I love the bright colours this year.
The designer paper, stamp set and circle die cuts are all from exclusive products that you earn through Sale-A-Bration. Click the link on my sidebar to view the SAB catalogue and learn how you can earn these supplies.

Stamp: SU Punch Bunch (SAB)
Ink: SU peach partfait, melon mambo
Paper: SU ww, peach parfait, melon mambo, ice cream parlor dp (SAB)
Die Cuts: SU ice cream parlor quick accents pack (SAB)
Punch: SU scallop square
Ribbon: SU peach parfait 1/2" stitched poly ribbon
Misc: SU dimensionals

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine Love Bots Boxes

First off - Happy Valentine's Day.

When I saw that SU had these Love Bots boxes for Valentine's day in the clearance rack I had to get them for Grant to use for his students.
Here you can see how the open and we have filled them with various Valentine's treats. Click on any of the pictures to enlarge them.
This above are the "Love Bots Boy" boxes which are no longer available.
This is the "Love Bots Girl" boxes and they are still available in the clearance rack for a great price AND they count towards your Sale-A-Bration rewards! If you are like myself and Grant, it doesn't matter than there are boy and girl versions (we used pink and blue for either gender).

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine Mojo CASE

When I saw the sketch challenge Mojo176, I had a hard time envisioning anything to create with the wavy line. Once I saw this card by Riley I knew I had to CASE it, but wanted to use more traditional Valentine's Day colours.
I initially made this version using retired basic gray dp and blushing bride but felt that the gray seemed to dark and made the pink look even more pale. When Grant told me he thought the same thing, I tried again and made this second version.
This uses gray paper from the retired walk in the park dp and rose red. Grant and I both liked the contrast between the papers and colours much better.

Notice my bows! Check out this tutorial by Mary Brown on how to make these beautiful and easy bows. These cards make me wish I had ordered basic gray brads - guess they'll have to go on my next order!

Both Cards:
Stamps: SU teeny tiny wishes, I {heart} hearts
Paper: SU whisper white,
Punch: Heart to heart extra large
Ribbon: SU white organdy (retired)
Brad: SU silver
Misc: SU dimensionals

Blushing Bride Card
Ink: SU blushing bride
Paper: SU blushing bride, basic gray dp (retired)

Rose Red Card
Ink: SU rose red
Paper: SU rose red, walk in the park dp (retired)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Mojo177 Love card

I just got my new Stampin' Up! order right before the new mojo monday sketch (Mojo177) came out this week and had to use a bunch of the new items I got in it. I took inspiration from this card by Mary at Stampin' Pretty and came up with this card.
To create the long XOXO panel, I stamped the image on whisper white cardstock once in Versamark and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder. Once that was dry, I used my stamp-a-ma-jig to line the stamp up just below the previous and stamped and embossed it again.

Stamps: SU XOXO, Something to Celebrate (hostess)
Ink: SU Versmark
Paper: SU whisper white, basic black, brushed silver, red glimmer paper
Punches: SU 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches
Brads: SU black brads, red glimmer brad
Misc: SU dimensionals

Friday, February 11, 2011

Masculine Valentine Challenge Card

This card isn't the most traditional coloured Valentine card but I wanted to try to make it more masculine and incorporate several SCS challenges into it.

It uses the colour challenge CC308 (river rock, basic gray and whisper white), the sketch challenge SC318 and the ways to use it challenge WT308 (hearts).
I used my large heart punch to create a mask and sponged river rock inside of the mask to create the heart. Before removing the mask, I stamped the flourish in basic gray.

Stamps: SU teeny tiny wishes, flourish (not sure what company)
Ink: SU river rock, basic gray
Paper: SU ww, river rock, basic gray, ginger blossom dp (retired)
Ribbon: SU 3/8" basic gray taffeta
Misc: SU heart punch, sponge daubers, dimensionals

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Lots of Posts Coming

I got a lot of stamping done the other night when I pulled an all nighter to prepare for my upcoming night shifts. It's the only stamping time I have been getting because I don't have to worry about watching Maggie. It'll just take me a couple days to get some pictures since I'm sleeping when the sun is out right now, but there'll be a several posts once I get them.

Until then, I'll leave you with these super cute pictures of my baby Maggie.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Papertrey Ink Celebration

Papertrey ink stamps is having a fabulous celebration as they head into their 5th year as a stamp company.

Here is one of my favourite projects I have made using PTI products.
You can check out this post for more details and pictures of this duckie diaper cake and card.