Monday, February 28, 2011

Best Friends Always

I think I used everything but the kitchen sink on this one!  This has "SHABBY" written all over it! The color combination is simple yet I packed a lot of detail into the three color combo card!  I love how it turned out, hope you do too!





I used bits and pieces of different stamps to make this card.  The "Friends" tag on the front is made with a stamp from the Friends 24-7 stamp set.  I just used my Stampin' Write Marker in Baja Breeze to color the word "Friends" from the stamp image and stamped it onto Very Vanilla Cardstock.  I also used the Label stamp from the Welcome Christmas stamp set and colored the frame with Baja Breeze and stamped it onto the inside of the card.  I love doing this because you can use your stamps for so much more than what they were originally intended.  Who would have thought I used a stamp from a Christmas set on this card?   It is a smart way to stretch your stamping dollars!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Because I Care (Hostess Level 1), Friends 24-7, Fabulous Phrases, Define Your Life, Welcome Christmas, Season Of Friendship, Sanded, Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Elegant Soiree DSP
Ink:  Baja Breeze, Soft Suede
Accessories:  Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Jewelry Tag Medium, Linen Thread, Victoria Crochet Trim, Baja Breeze Corduroy Button, Rhinestone Brad, Basic Rhinestones, Decorative Label Punch

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Vintage Sneak Peek!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!  Just a quick note...If you want to book a workshop during Sale-A-Bration, please don't wait!!  Time is flying by and it will be over before you know it.  You can contact me to schedule your workshop.  Don't worry if you've never stamped before or think you don't know anyone who would come.  Workshops are such a BLAST and you only need a few close friends or family to make it extra special!

Here is a quick peek at tomorrow's post.  Be sure to stop back tomorrow and see what I have created.  I have a great tip to share as well!



See you tomorrow!
Amy

Friday, February 25, 2011

All Punched Out!

I thought I would try out my Hodgepodge Hardware on this card.  I used a variety of punches to create the card.  The flower was made from the 1-3/4" Scallop Circle punch.  I have wanted to try that for a while now and I am so glad I did!  It could very well be my favorite embellishment from now on! 





Supplies Used:
Stamps: Hodgepodge Happiness, Occasional Quotes (Hostess Level3)
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Always Artichoke
Ink:  Early Espresso
Accessories:  Hodgepodge Hardware-Vanilla, 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Two-Step Bird Punch, Designer Label Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sale-A-Bration: Bliss Project

I am such a visual learner.  I love to watch "How-to" videos for all sorts of things.  Stamping is no exception.  There are so many great ideas out there and Stampin' Up! has one especially for a stamp set you can only get through Sale-A-Bration.  Enjoy!



The stamp set used in this video is Bliss #121851 wood mounted or #123217 clear set.  This set could be yours FREE with a $50.00 Stampin' Up! purchase.  Contact me for details or to place an order!

Come back again for a fun project!

Amy

Monday, February 21, 2011

Friends 24-7 & The Color Coach!

I love the Color Coach!!  It is item #121620 and I think it is a MUST HAVE!  The color combinations are so awesome!  This is a card I made using Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobbler and Soft Suede.  I would have never thought to use Baja Breeze with the other two colors, but it works.  Enjoy!


Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Friends 24-7, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler
Ink:  Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede
Accessories:  Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Stampin Dimensionals, Square Lattice Embossing Folder

Friday, February 18, 2011

Happy Birthday

This is a birthday card I wanted to share with you today.  It is a very simple yet elegant 4"x4" card with a very limited color scheme.  The Elegant Lines embossing folder does most of the work.  I love square cards.  It doesn't matter what size 3x3, 4x4, 5x5, I just love the look of them!  Enjoy!




Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Fabulous Phrases, Tiny Tags, Perfect Punches, Friends 24-7, On Your Birthday
Paper:  Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Deck The Halls Button, Linen Thread, Medium Jewel Tag Punch, Decorative Label Punch, 2"x1-3/8"Oval Extra Large Punch, Basic Rhinestones, Vintage Trinkets, Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, Always Artichoke Seam Binding

Thursday, February 17, 2011

A Message From Shelli

Shelli Gardner is the CEO of Stampin' Up! and she has put together a video to introduce Stampin' Up! to everyone.  Even if you are familiar with SU! it is still nice to see the projects in the video.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Welcome Home!

This is a card I made for my friend Ashley and her husband Steve.  They were married this past summer and recently purchased their first home together.  I am so happy for them!  Since I didn't have a house stamp or anything close to it, I decided to make a house out of strips of paper and punches.  Hope you like it!



Thanks for stopping by!

Amy

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!!

This is my final Valentine's Day project, hope you like it!





The Sponge Candy is from Romolo Chocolates in Erie, Pennsylvania.  It is one of my favorite treats!!  If you've never had Sponge Candy, you don't know what your missing.

The card was inspired by a card that was in the Stampin' Success magazine.  This is a magazine exclusively for Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  It is another great reason to become a demonstrator.  You get to take advantage of all the resources that SU! has to offer, including a demonstrator only website.  You can see my post here about becoming a hobby demonstrator.  Once you get the starter kit with all of the great products and take advantage of the discounts, you can build up your crafting supplies with no further obligation.  Contact me if you would like to join.  I would love to have you on my team!

Thanks for stopping by!

Amy

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine's Day School Treats

Here are the treats I came up with for Emma to take to school for Valentine's Day.  I got the idea for how to make the triangle box back in the summer somewhere online, I can't remember where though.  My goal was to use as little paper as possible to conserve my supplies.  I stamped the A to Z stamp on Real Red cardstock to make my own DSP.  I also stamped the A to Z on Crumb Cake and Whisper White.  The sentiment was from the Fabulous Phrases stamp set.  The "From Emma" tag was done on the computer and then punched out with the Jewel Tag punch.  I sponged everything in Chocolate Chip.  Hope you like it!



I have a package of Gummy Bears in the box.

Thanks for stopping by, come back tomorrow for another Valentine Treat!!!

Amy

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Valentine's Day Teacher Gift

I just wanted to give a little something to Emma's Pre-K teachers for Valentine's day.  I found some Valentine's Day pencils and wrapped them in a special pencil box and gave them some Hersey's Kisses.  It was quick and easy, Enjoy!


Just though I'd share a quick post today.  Enjoy your weekend!

Stop back tomorrow for another project!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Vintage Scrapbook Page

Can you believe it?  My daughter is five years old and this is my first scrapbook page I have done for her.  Now my intentions were good, but then when I had the time to scrapbook, I was so overwhelmed.  I did not know where to start.  Do I start now and work backwards?  Do I start from birth and play catch up?  Anyway, I took these pics of Emma a couple weeks ago and loved them so I thought I would give it at try!  The background paper and "E" are non SU! But the rest of the cardstock (Crumb Cake) and embellishments are all SU!  Enjoy!







The stamp sets used were Define Your Life, Tiny Tags, Friends 24-7, Broadsheet Alphabet.  I also used the Itty Bitty Bits Punch Pack for the flowers and Basic Pearls.  The tags were sewn on and I used Victoria Crochet Trim to tie the tag & a Mini Vintage Tag tied to the "E".  Hope you like it!

Stop back soon for more projects!

Amy

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Valentine Decor

Good Morning!
Just thought I would show you a Valentine decoration that I made some time ago.  I got the idea from my friend Holly several years ago.  I just took little strips of homespun fabric and cut them to the same length.  I then looped them around two foam hearts.  Finally, I tied the two hearts together with a strip of homespun.  Since I love primitives, I thought it was a neat way to celebrate Valentine's Day but still blend with my decor.  Enjoy!



These hang on two of my doors inside my home every year.



  Stop back tomorrow for a scrapbook surprise!

Amy

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Have A Seat Birthday Girl!

This birthday card features the Have A Seat stamp set.  I have had this set for some time now and I haven't used it yet, until now.  I made this card for my friend, Lynne.  When she first looked at the catalog when I became a demonstrator, she said she loved this set.  So, I filed it away in my memory bank to use for her birthday.  I hope she likes it!






My inspiration for this card came from the IB&C, page 139.  I love the way the corner is flipped up to reveal the A to Z stamp on the underneath.  The flower with the brad adds the perfect touch of whimsy!  The stamp sets used were Have A Seat, A to Z and Teeny Tiny Wishes.  The colors used were Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze and Always Artichoke.  The trim was punched with the Scallop Edge Border in Basic Black.  I used the Color Spritzer for the first time and I have to say it may just be my new best friend!!  I also used a touch of the 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon in Basic Black, a button, some Linen Thread, a vintage safety pin and a Basic Rhinestone on the tag punched with the Jewelry Tag Medium Punch.  I sponged everything in Basic Black.  The Cajun Craze flower was punched out with the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack and I used a Clear Rhinestone Brad in the center to attach it to the Crumb Cake.  I stamped another chair on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and spritzed & sponged it before I added a scalloped border in Basic Black.  The sentiment was stamped twice.  I used the Stampin' Write marker in Basic Black and colored each word on the stamp separately and then punched them out with the Jewelry Tag Medium punch.  It's a neat way to use a stamp a different way.  The words fit perfectly into the punch once I stamped them separately.  I hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by and come back soon for more projects!

Amy

Monday, February 7, 2011

Sending Birthday Wishes Your Way!

This is a birthday card I made with the Scallop Envelope Die as the feature. 





I used the Crumb Cake DSP behind the Cherry Cobbler envelope, layered onto Bashful Blue cardstock.  This was all mounted onto the Crumb Cake card base.  I used the circle punches in various sizes to layer the different cardstock colors to a strip of DSP.  I wanted it to look like a seal.  The cupcake was from the Itty Bitty Bits stamp set.  The sentiment was from the Word Play stamp set.  I used the Stampin' Write markers in Cherry Cobbler and Bashful Blue and colored directly on the stamp to get the two color image.  The Bashful Blue border was punched using the Scallop Border punch.  The tab was stamped with the Tab stamp from the Perfect Punches stamp set and punched out with the Round Tab punch.  The "d" was stamped with the Rough Type stamp set from last year's Summer Mini. 

Thanks for stopping by!  I will have another project soon.

Amy

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Pink Camo!

Stampin' Pretty's Guest Stamper


I am so thrilled to be today's Guest Stamper on Mary Fish's blog Stampin Pretty.  She is such a talented paper crafter and has an amazing website. 

My card that is featured on her blog today was one I made for a friend of mine.  He and his wife welcomed their first baby, a girl, this past January.  I am so excited for them and wish them all the best!  Since my friend is an avid hunter (like my husband) I wanted to make something that was reminiscent of Pink Camouflage.  I still wanted it to be delicate and feminine at the same time.  This is what I came up with, Enjoy!





The colors I used were Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink and Very Vanilla.  I used layers of  Pretty in Pink, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla on the card front.  I stamped the Very Vanilla cardstock with the Teahouse background stamp in Crumb Cake.  I sponged everything in Crumb Cake before I adhered them.  I then took a chipboard "B" and ran it through the Xyron to make it into a sticker. I punched the flower shapes from the Itty Bitty Punch Shapes Punch Pack in all of the colors and glued them randomly all over the "B" to cover it up.
 
I punched out a circle from Crumb Cake cardstock and sponged it, folded it in half and adhered it to the layers prior to mounting the whole thing onto the card base.  I added a button, linen thread and vintage safety pin with two tags punched from Very Vanilla cardstock stamped with the "baby" stamp from Tiny Tags and the "Love" heart from I {Heart} Hearts stamp set.  I layered a folded piece of Pretty In Pink striped ribbon behind the Pretty In Pink cardstock layer.  I popped the "B" up on dimensionals to give it some added dimension.

There is a lot of detail in this tiny card but I thought the results were fantastic!   

I would like to thank Mary Fish for featuring me as her Guest Stamper today and thank all of you who came over from her blog to visit me.

Stop back again soon for another project!

Amy

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Punch Needle Anyone?

I have another hobby that I have been a little behind on.  It is called Punch Needle.  It looks like a tiny hooked rug that you can hang on the wall.  I only made a few so far and have another one started.  This is the first one I ever made.  Keep in mind, it was a learning experience for me so it is not perfect at all but I love it anyway.




I will show you some other creations in the future so be sure to check back!

Thanks for stopping by!  Come back tomorrow for an exciting treat!!!

Amy

Friday, February 4, 2011

Masculine Birthday

I can always seem to make cards frilly & girly but I get stumped when it comes time to make a masculine card.  I was inspired by the party hat in the Idea Book and Catalog (which has tons of great ideas) on page 147.  That got me jump started to come up with this creation.  Enjoy!


 
 I used the Color Coach to come up with this combination of Basic Gray, Cajun Craze and Baja Breeze.  I also added Crumb Cake too!  The sentiment is from the Word Play stamp set.  I also added a clip from the Clips Assortment on page 187 of the IB&C. 


The Crumb Cake was embossed using the Square Lattice embossing folder.  I used the Stars #2 original die to cut out the stars from Cajun Craze.  I glued them to the Crumb Cake before I embossed it and the stars are now inlaid into the Crumb Cake like one sheet of paper.  It looks awesome in person.  I also added a little scallop edge border in Baja Breeze and a star to the inside of the card.  I used Whisper White for the inside and to stamp the sentiment on the front of the card.  I love how this turned out!

Thanks for stopping by!

Amy

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Valentine's Day Gift Tag

Want to add a little something special for your someone special?  This is a gift tag I made that was quick and easy. 




I started off with the Two Tags Die and Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  Then I layered it with Pretty in Pink and Crumb Cake punched with the Scallop Edge Border Punch.  I stamped some hearts from the I {Heart} Hearts stamp set.  Punched them out with the Heart to Heart Extra Large Punch and adhered them to the tag with the glue stick and popped some up on dimensionals.  I also used the Medium Jewelry Tag Punch and the Tiny Tags stamp set.  This is one of my favorites!  I love to add tiny tags as accents to just about everything I make.  Topped it off with a Basic Rhinestone for some added bling, a button and some linen thread and voila!

Thanks for stopping by to visit, I will have more projects soon!

Amy