Monday, May 23, 2011

So Simple

I made this card for my niece who was married Friday night. This card was very simple but very elegant. You may have to click on the image so you can see the Shimmer mist that I sprayed over the entire card to give it amazing sparkle.
Supplies used-

Stamps: You’re a Gem (discontinued/Occasions Mini Catalog)

Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White

Ink: Night of Navy

Accessories: Basic Rhinestones, Shimmer Mist (made from our Champagne Shimmer Paint)

Tools: Snail Adhesive, Big Shot, #114520 Flower Daisies #2 die

The card is fairly easy to see how it's made but just to highlight a few of the things that I did to make this card...
* I used an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut in half widthwise, and then ran it through my Big Shot so that I would get two cuts of each flower from the die
* I used our Champagne Shimmer Paint, mixed with rubbing alcohol and water to make the Shimmer Mist that I sprayed over the entire surface of the card

(I will try to make sure that the cards I post on my blog, from now on, use only current and available stamps and products from our Stampin' Up catalogs.)

Monday, May 9, 2011


Such a SWEET and simple little card. I like to add lots of fun things to my cards but once in awhile it's nice to just keep it simple.

I started with an A2 card (5 1/2"x4 1/4") in Old Olive that I ran through my Big Shot using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. I stamped the Solid Stripes background stamp in Old Olive onto a 2" piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and added a narrow border of scalloped Rich Razzleberry cardstock. I used a piece of Rich Razzleberry 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon across the striped paper and popped up the sentiment with Stampin' Dimensionals. The stamp I used is from the Summer Mini. It's a set called Pretty Postage. I stamped it in Rich Razzleberry onto Very Vanilla cardstock and then punched it out with our new Postage Stamp Punch available in the Summer Mini as well. I then mounted it to Old Olive cardstock and cut it evenly on all sides with my paper cutter.

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Have a great day and remember to keep it simple!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all of you mothers! I have the privilege of spending this Mother's Day with my mom. Because of distance we don't always get this special treat. We have done lots of fun things already this weekend and have a few more things we want to do today. I'm going to show her some of my new Stampin' Up goodies and maybe we'll even get to make a few cards together this afternoon.

This is the special card I made for my special mom. I love this card and she loved it when she opened it. She also loves the shimmery effect that I gave it using our Champagne Shimmer paint.


Tangerine Tango cardstock cut to 9 1/4 x 8 and folded to 9 1/4 x 4 for the card base.
Very Vanilla is cardstock cut to 9 x 3 3/4 and layered onto the card base.

Before attaching the Very Vanilla cardstock use the new Fabulous Florets stamp set from our new Summer Mini and stamp the leafy branch in Old Olive several times, some with full ink and some that have been stamped off first to make them lighter. I then stamped the open floral images onto Whisper White with Black Staz-On ink and sponged them with Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Tangerine Tango. Cut out the images and curl up the flower petals with your bone folder. You can add Dazzling Diamonds glitter to all of them or just some of them. You can touch a Basic Rhinestone to the petals if you want to make it look like there is dew on one of the petals. Make the flowers your own. I popped up two of the flowers with Dimensionals and used our glue dots to adhere the others to the card. Using Old Olive ink, stamp the small leaf several times onto Old Olive cardstock and cut out. Use as many or as few as you like. I used odd numbers of flowers and leaves to give my card balance and to be eye catching. Instead of using black ink for my sentiment on the front and the inside I went with Night of Navy for a less intense look. I think it looks softer and isn't so harsh.

Now for the shimmery look I gave this card. This technique is so easy and gives your cards or individual stamped images just the right amount of soft sparkle that is less intense than using glitter. Get a small spray bottle, like those used for traveling, or you can find them at your local craft stores. Fill the bottle a quarter of the way up with water and the other 3/4's fill with rubbing alcohol leaving a small space at the top to shake it together. Shake up a bottle of our Champagne Shimmer paint and then add a few drops to your spray bottle. Shake it up and you now have instant shimmer spray for all of your paper craft ideas. You may have to experiment with how many drops to add. Just don't use too many. You should be able to make a lot of shimmer spray with your small bottle of Shimmer Paint. Leave me a comment if you love my card too!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Hello Sunshine!

I'm so tired of the winter/spring blues, aren't you?  I thought I'd share something warm and sunny today. This card is made with new stamps from the just released Summer Mini. You have from now until August 31, 2011 to order from this fun new mini. For those of you new to Stampin' Up and their products, the company puts out a mini catalog a few times a year so that you have fun, new seasonal items to order.

I started with an A2 card, which is a piece of cardstock that measures 8 1/2x5 1/2 and is folded to 5 1/2x4 1/4.
Additional supplies:

Stamps: Touch of Kindness (Summer Mini), A to Z (from the IB&C, or Idea Book and Catalog)

Paper: Daffodil Delight cardstock, Whisper White cardstock

Ink: Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Black Staz-On, and a Sahara Sand Marker(for shading the flower)

Tools: Blending Pen, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/4" scallop circle punch

Accessories: Basic Rhinestones, Brights Designer Buttons and 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon in Daffodil Delight

I hope this card cheers up your winter/spring blues!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Brand New Blogger

Welcome to my new stamping and scrapbooking blog. I am a new Stampin' Up Demonstrator and I have lots of ideas to share with you. My goal is to post 1-2 times a week to start out but eventually I'd like to post new ideas, cards or scrapbook pages  everyday. If you like my blog, please share it on your FB page or your own blog. I have no idea, at this point, what I'm doing so I'm hoping you will give me a few breaks every once in awhile. I'm hoping to post a really cute card on Wednesday. I am waiting for an order from Stampin' Up to come tomorrow so I can finish it, photograph it and post it. Wish me luck!