Thursday, March 16, 2017

Hi All,

If you've read my blog over the years, you know that I make 200 holiday cards for my friend to send out to his customers. After receiving his birthday card from me last month, he asked me to make 50 birthday cards!

The easy part of the holiday cards is that I design 4 samples, he chooses one design and I get cutting. With the birthday cards, I am making 50 different cards! I'm about halfway through and will share some of them as I create them.

I decided to share this card, because Lisa Pretto, my upline x 2, has challenged us to post a green project each day this week. At the time I am writing this post, I have three completed - I will need to do a bit more crafting this week!


For my birthday cards, I am using retired DSP and cardstock. This polka dot DSP is fun and festive. I prefer the smaller polka dots to the larger ones. Which do you prefer?

The Balloon Adventures stamp set makes this card easy to create. I embossed the strings right on to the DSP, used my Balloon punch, popping a couple of the balloons up with dimensionals and hand cut the banner. They were done in a snap. I made several colors and will use the excess to send to employees at work. 

Another simple birthday card idea that will be festive with many of the DSP choices in your craft area.

Happy Stamping!
Sue

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Dress Up Your St. Patrick's Day Table

Hi All!

My sister is hosting a St. Patrick's Day dinner party for 20. As she was perusing Pinterest, she came across a pin and asked if I could replicate it for her. The minute I saw it, I knew it would be a snap to create with my Envelope Punch Board - and it was!



Because the handles of her flatwear are a bit thick, I needed to play around a bit with the size of the box. My end project was made with an 8" x 8" piece of Emerald Envy card stock - what better color name for a St. Patrick's Day project! I scored it at 3", punched and scored again at 3 3/4". Next, rotate the card stock 45 degrees, line up the Envelope Punch Board 'pointer' on the 3" scoreline and punch and then on the 3 3/4" scoreling and punch, rotate the card stock 45 degrees and repeat. Rotate your cardstock one more time and punch on the 3" score line - DO NOT SCORE (if you do score, the score mark will be covered by the napkin - no worry!) These go together very quickly, so you have time to put together a few of them for your St. Patrick's Day dinner table.

I printed the Irish Blessing on my computer using Whisper White card stock. The bow is made of Emeral Envy 1/8" ribbon.

I'm anxioius to hear what my sister's friends have to say! I think the table will look fabulous.

Make it a great day!

Sue

Wednesday, March 8, 2017



Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for March 2017. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our 2017 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month we are featuring Spring or Spring related projects. We hope you enjoy our creations.
You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

To me, nothing says spring better than flowers and butterflies! Thanks to a Sam Hammond tutorial, I have the perfect spring project for you, a beautiful and charming gift box that you can make now, store flat and pull it out when you need it! I like to have packaging on hand 'just in case'!


I started with a base of Daffodil Delight and wrapped it in Affectionately Yours DSP. This DSP is beautiful! Two of the pieces feature copper foil. With paper like this, you can keep your embellishments to a minimum and let the DSP steal the show!


For the top of the box, I used the Elegant Butterfly punch on a small square of Daffodil Delight and layered it onto a piece of Copper Foil prepared with dimensionals. The Bitty Butterfly punch was used for the smaller butterflies and a Night of Navy Candy Dot finished off the top of my box.


The best part of this box is that it folds flat. You can create for all kinds of occasions and store them for future use. This would be especially handy for birthday, shower or wedding favors. You can make them at your leisure and not have to worry about storage space.

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Sweet 16!

Hi All!

This week my sweet niece Anna turns 16! I can hardly believe it. I remember the first time I held her and wanted to steal her away from her mom and dad and take her home with me.

I couldn't let her day go by without celebrating without a card made especially for her!



I used some retired product for this card, but it all just fit my need. I think it is festive enough for this big event, don't you?

Happy Birthday Anna Liz - I love you to the moon and back!


Be sure to check out my upcoming class featuring the Beautiful You stamp set!


Beautiful You!
March 25th at 9 am
$38 for Clear Mount   $49 for Wood Mount
Create 4 beautiful cards with my current most favorite stamp set!
You take the stamp set and lots of alternate ideas home with you!
LOTS of techniques using Water color pencils, aqua painter, blender pen, paper piecing
Payment for this class must be received by March 15th.
Join the fun! Contact me to reserve your spot!



Friday, March 3, 2017

A Birthday Box!

Greetings!

I'm back from my weekend trip to San Antonio. I travelled with my older sister, sister-in-law and my nephew's wife. We had a great weekend and enjoyed temps in the 80s. The Riverwalk is beautiful; we were able to celebrate Mardi Gras, view the river boat parade and even catch some beads! My niece is from Louisiana, recently relocated to Wisconsin and enjoyed the taste of home - quite literally. She inhaled three pounds of crawfish in no time! 

The day before we left it was 70 in the Milwaukee area - an all time record breaker. Yesterday, there was 5-6 inches of snow in the driveway when I got home from work. Every day is a weather adventure here in Wisconsin!

Tomorrow after work I'll make the hour trek north to get my son home from school for the weekend. After a mere two weeks of not seeing him, I miss him and am excited to see him and give him a big hug! I'm sure he feels the same:)  (that would be a sarcastic comment - he's 18 - get real mom!)

Okay, enough of my babbling - let's talk about today's project. I totally cased Sam Donald on this project. She comes up with the most amazing 3D projects. This package will be given to a friend and will hold a gift card.


Isn't this fun? It is 6 sided and not nearly as complicated as it looks.


Here's a better look at the top of the box and below is a photo of the open box.


The top simply folds together to close the box - too fun! The project features the Balloon Pop Up Thinlits and the Party Animal DSP. What a great way to package a gift!

Thanks for stopping in. Wishing you evenly inked images!!

Sue







Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Open House Samples

Happy Tuesday!

Today you get to see the projects we made at my open house.


You may recognize this  card from page 4 in the Occasions catalog. We CASEd it - just to show, you don't have to design everything on your own. Stampin' Up! catalogs are FILLED with ideas and inspirations. Don't be afraid to use them!!


This dreamy dragonfly features a background using our Watercolor Pencils. With a base piece of Shimmery White cardstock, we scribbled, and I mean literally scribbled, Pacific Point and Bermuda Bay, then washed over the color with an aqua painter. To get a good blend of color, be sure to have your brush really wet. What a beautiful, easy and FUN background. We used Memento Black for the image and sentiment, layered the focal piece onto Bermuda Bay and heavy Whisper White, added a few rhinestones and tah dah!


Hey Chick is a free Sale A Bration stamp set and it is just doggone cute! We used So Saffron and Pumpkin Pie markers to color in this little cluck. The edge was done freehand. This will make a cute gift enclosure for your favorite chick!

A highlight of the day was having my older sister come and stamp. She is NOT crafty - just ask her! She has a running commentary going as she stamps, entertaining all of us. She was so proud of her creations! Too funny.

If you're local and would like to join the stamping fun, consider one of my March classes.


Contain Yourself!
March 4th at 9 am
For $15 make 3 beautiful boxes, enjoy a couple hours to yourself, meet some new friends, enjoy a cuppa jo and some giggles.
Contact me to reserve your spot by Wednesday March 1


Beautiful You!
March 25th at 9 am
$38 for Clear Mount   $49 for Wood Mount
Create 4 beautiful cards with my current most favorite stamp set!
You take the stamp set and lots of alternate ideas home with you!
LOTS of techniques using Water color pencils, aqua painter, blender pen, paper piecing
Payment for this class must be received by March 15th.
Join the fun! Contact me to reserve your spot!


Friday, February 24, 2017

Come Join Me!!


If you're local and would like to join the stamping fun, consider one of my March classes.


Contain Yourself!
March 4th at 9 am
For $15 make 3 beautiful boxes, enjoy a couple hours to yourself, meet some new friends, enjoy a cuppa jo and some giggles.
Contact me to reserve your spot by Wednesday March 1


Beautiful You!
March 25th at 9 am
$38 for Clear Mount   $49 for Wood Mount
Create 4 beautiful cards with my current most favorite stamp set!
You take the stamp set and lots of alternate ideas home with you!
LOTS of techniques using Water color pencils, aqua painter, blender pen, paper piecing
Payment for this class must be received by March 15th.
Join the fun! Contact me to reserve your spot!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Open House Celebration!

Hi all!

A couple weekends ago I hosted an open house, inviting friends to come and play with paper for a few hours. Thought I'd use the time I'm in San Antonio to share the event.


Each person who came received a goodie bag.


What was inside? A variety of treats, chocolates and a pen.


The first little bag held a mint. A small notebook is hidden behind the Rich Razzleberry cover and the flower packet holds mini post-it notes. I needed to use some of my vintage DSP!


I also created a quick and easy match book that held a packet of hot chocolate. I think everyone enjoyed the treats!


I know they enjoyed the stamping!!

Stop back on Tuesday to see the projects we made.

Until next time, take gentle care,
Sue




Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Birthday Creations

Greeting all!

I'm sharing more February birthday cards with you today. This is another big birthday month for me.


This card went out to my high school music director. He and I share a birthday and have been celebrating together for many decades! Music was the center of my high school universe and I spent a great deal of time with Carmen. He was a very positive influence in my life. I'm grateful we're still in touch!

I used the Kinda Eclectic stamp set with Soft Suede ink. I sponged the center of the image to soften it a bit. The greeting is vintage and the music paper is contraband (oh my!) I used linen thread to tie the balloons. I figured even a guy needs bling at times! Cardstock colors are Whisper White and Soft Suede. This was a quick and easy card to put together.


This Sahara Sand card base is topped with Falling in Love DSP and features the So Detailed Thinlits in Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla 1/4" Satin Ribbon and a Falling in Love embellishment. The greeting is from Balloon Celebration. I sent this card to 'my Nan'. Nan and I were in the hospital nursery together when we were born.Through our school years we became extremely close and remain so to this day. Nan is one of those friends who, no matter the amount of time between conversations, it is as though no time has passed. Her friendship is a blessing to me. 

I'm gearing up for a weekend trip to San Antonio. I'll post in advance, so you won't even know I'm gone!

Until next time, take gentle care,
Sue


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Happy Birthday Jax!

Hi all,

Today I'm celebrating the 3rd birthday of my great nephew! I was at our northern Wisconsin cabin with no cell reception the weekend he was born. It wasn't until we were well on our way home that we found out our Jaxon had arrived. He is such a joy and is so much like his daddy was at that age.

So what might a little boy like for his 3rd birthday? I'm hoping he'll like 3 happy monsters!!


Do you recognize the owl punch? I punched an extra owl and trimmed the feet to make the arms for these little guys. The sentiment and buttons are vintage. I used my markers to color the sentiment, gave the stamp a 'huff' and put it to paper. These monsters make me smile!

The Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits make a perfect pop for the inside of the card.


The best thing is that my nephew and his family moved back to Wisconsin from Louisiana, so this year I won't have to travel as far to celebrate birthdays with the kids. Last year I was in Louisiana for a duo birthday party with the theme "Tutus and Trucks". My sisters, sister-in-law and I saw and purchased tutus while staying in the French Quarter. I cannot begin to tell you how impressed my nephew was with his family;) He expects these crazy things of his aunts, but when his mom joins in, that's another story!!


I'm off to create a few more cards for special upcoming birthdays. I'll be sure to share them with you.

I hope you're enjoying the huge Sale-A-Bration event. Next week there will be three new SAB offerings. You're going to love them!

Until next time, happy stamping!

Sue



Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hi all!

A quick post to wish you a happy 'Love Day'! 

My card today is a CASE from my upline, Mary Fish. It's a beautiful card that could be used as an anniversary or 'just because' card.


The DSP is from the Playful Palette DSP stack. I used Very Vanilla cardstock for the base, Real Red and Very Vanilla for the layers. Sunshine Wishes Thinlits were used to create the heart and 'love'. A bit of Basic Black Baker's Twine and a vintage Very Vanilla button finished the look. Clean and simple, which is Mary's style.

Be sure to take a moment today to celebrate the loves in your life, loves from the present as well as loves from the past. Enjoy your memories!!

Take gentle care,
Sue

Thursday, February 9, 2017

More DSP Scrap Ideas

Hello!

Are you ready for a few more ideas for your DSP scraps? Well, here goes!

For the swap card I I made, I trimmed the Sending Love Designer Series Paper (DSP) to 4" x 5 1/4". Because the paper stack measures 6" x 6", I had lots of extra DSP pieces that I didn't want to waste, hmm, how can I use them??  Check out these colorful hearts!  




I diecut the heart from the 4" x 5 1/4" inch cardstock using the Sweet and Sassy Framelits, then ran the cardstock through the Big Shot using the Happy Heart embossing folder. I don't know if you can clearly see from the photo, but one of the backgrounds has the hearts embossed and one has them debossed. I had flipped the cardstock over to add adhesive and thought, hey, I like how this looks!

I covered the die cut heart with Snail, added the center strip of paper and worked my way out to the edges. I trimmed the excess DSP, leaving 1/4" of DSP over hang the die cut heart, added Multi purpose glue around the edge of the dsp and centered the die cut opening over the strips. I used some baker's twine left over from the holiday catalog for the bow. 

You could use this technique with any shape, a star, circle, square or any other dies you may have in your collection. It's a great way to use up scraps and with Stampin' Up's color coordinated DSP, you don't even have to think about what patterns will match! I love that part!! This is the perfect card for the quilters in your circle of friends.

I was getting excited about my dwindling stack of DSP scraps, but I wasn't done yet. Here is yet another scrap sample. Again, the best part of the SU! DSP is that all the matching work is done for you. All you have to do is line up the patterns and you're good to go!


My base measures 8 1/2" x 5 1/2". The second layer is 4" x 5 1/4". Each panel measures 1 5/8" x 3 7/8". Either start by placing the center panel and then the two outer panels, or line up the two outer panels and add the center panel.

The heart is die cut from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits. I trimmed a scrap piece of cardstock to 5/8" x 5 1/4" and used the Hugs and Kisses stamp from Sealed with Love. The tiny hearts come from the owl punch.

I now have only a few full pages of DSP in my Sending Love stack and am very happy with my scrap projects. What do you think? I love to read your comments and thank you for sharing a bit of your time with me today.

Until next time, take gentle care,



Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Case the Catalog Blog Hop


Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for February 2017. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our 2017 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month we are CASE’ing a project shown in a current Stampin’ Up! catalog. After all, with the Annual, Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs available right now, there is much inspiration from which to choose. We hope you enjoy our creations.
You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

Let's hear it for Balloon Celebrations from page 24 in the Annual Catalog! The Party Animal Designer Series Paper and complimentary colors give this layout a whole new look.



I cut the Crushed Curry panel at 4" x 5 1/4" and added a 1 1/4" x 5 1/4" piece of Party Animal DSP to the left edge. The background is stamped in Crushed Curry Classic Ink with several images from Balloon Celebrations. The balloon was a snap to create with the Balloon Punch. The sentiment is from Balloon Adventures found in the Occasions catalog.

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 





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