Saturday, February 21, 2015

Gotta Love This!

I was browsing Pinterest and came across this image:

I  immediately thought of the new Stamin' Up! stamp set "From the Herd":

I can't stop laughing!  

Monday, February 16, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day, Honey!

My husband is such a gem . . . he's hardworking, loving, patient, just to name a few of his great qualities.  This is the Valentine's Day card I made for him as well as the "treats" I made him.  What do you think?

The embossing folder is the new Hearts embossing folder in  Real Red.  The "kiss" is made with the silver glimmer paper and the retired Build a Blossom Punch. I punched the largest leaf and then cut  straight across the bottom, removing the scalloped edges.  Pretty cool, huh?

These treat boxes were a cinch to make.  I CASE'd the idea from Connie Stewart's youtube channel.  The paper is  4" x 5".  It was scored at 1 1/4, 2 1/2 and 3 3/4 along the 5"side.  The window was cut out using the Apothecary framelit.  The bottom one was embossed using the Hearts embossing folder.  I embellished them and added a silver ribbon.  Each treat holds five Hershey kisses - affixed with double sided tape.  Not much effort for such a cool little project!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Triple Layer Stamping

I  spent my Valentine's Day afternoon with some lovely ladies playing with paper!  I had a Triple Layer Stamping card class, and the end results were just great! The measurements for the layers will be at the end of this (long) post.

I just love this card!  I used Real Red for the base and the layers, as well as for the heart.  The ribbon is also Real Red.  The stamp is one of my all time favorites -- Hardwood. It was stamped on Crumb Cake with Crumb Cake ink.  This card came together so easily.  This is just perfect for a masculine Valentine's Day card!

As you may have heard, here in Boston, we're getting clobbered with snow, more snow, and then more snow!  We've had over 90 inches of snow fall in just 3 weeks.  There's no place left to put it.  So, needing something cheery and with the feeling of spring, I designed this card!  The base and mats are Bermuda Bay.  The images are all stamped on Whisper White.  The large Swallowtail was stamped using sponge daubers inked with Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie.  The ink was applied directly to the stamp using and then transferred to the paper.  The smaller butterflies are from the Papillon Potpourri set, and they are stamped in Bermuda Bay.  This was so bright and cheery -- and just what we needed since the snow began to fall -- again -- as we were stamping away!

This card was a CASE from Pinterest.  The paper is Wisteria Wonder and Whisper White.  The ink is also  Wisteria Wonder.  I used the Blooming with Kindess stamp set for this one.  When I saw this on Pinterest, I knew instantly that I'd be using it for a class.  The stamp is just perfect for this technique!

This is a little variation of the prior one.  Instead of making the inside layer with the flower, I decided to put a sentiment there.  The sentiment is also from the Blooming with Kindess set.

This one is a slight variation from the first one.  It's only two layers, and the secondlayer is the heart!  Again, I just love how the Hardwood Stamp looks on this!  Great for a masculine card.

One of the ladies in the class suggested trying it in "reverse" -- stamping on dark peaper and matting with white.  I decided to try out her idea, and here's what I came out with:

The base and mats are Whisper White, and the stamping was done with white ink on Basic Black.  I used the Something Lacy background stamp.  The butterfly is from the Papillon Poutpouri set, and the sentiment is from the Love and Sympathy set.  Thanks Jody for a great idea!!

Measurements for the cards:
For the base and mats:
2 1/4 x 3 1/2
3 1/4 x 4 1/2
4 1/4 x 5 1/2 (this layer is the folded base so depending on the way it opens, it will either start out  as 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 5 1/2; or 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4)

For  the layers you stamp on:
2 x 3 1/4
3 x 4 1/4
4 x 5 1/4

The technique is really quite simple.  Using repositionable adhesive, layer the papers you will be stamping on, centering them.  Then stamp the stack of layers using the stamp of your choice.  After you've stamped, carefully take the layers apart and mount each layer onto it's corresponding mat.  Then assemble the card by layering them all onto the base layer, taking particular attention to making sure the image lines up with the image under it.

Give it a try -- a simple technique that has a real "WOW" affect!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Two Step Stamping Class

I spent this afternoon with six lovely ladies making some great cards using two-step stamps.  Check out  what we made

This card was made for our special "someone".  The background was made using the hardwood stamp, inked with white craft ink on Primrose Petals paper.  The wreath was made using the Wondrous Wreath  stamp set with coordinating framelits.  The first layer was inked in Blushing Bride and the second with  Primrose Petals.  The red hearts are punched with the tiny heart punch in Real Red paper and the bow is made using Real Red ribbon.  The sentiment is from the Good Greetings stamp set, stamped in Smokey Slate.

Our next card was made using the Stippled Blossom stamp set.  The card base is Always Artichoke, as is the sentiment (which is from the Blooming With Kindess stamp set).  The flowers are stamped with Tangelo Twist and Pumpkin Pie.  The leaves are Pear Pizzazz and Always Artichoke.

This last card was made  using the new Lotus Blossom stamp sset (which you can get FREE with a $50 order during Sale-A-Bration - through Mach 31).  The cardstock, ink for the flowers, and ribbon are all Primrose Petals.  The leaves are stamped with Pear Pizzazz and Garden Green.

I just love two-step stamping, don't you?  Which of these is your favorite?  Do you have a "go to" two step stamp set?  My next one will be the new Sheltering Tree.  I can't wait to get my hands on that one!!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Snowed In (Again)

As you ay have heard, the Northeast has been having some snow lately!  After the Blizzard of 2015 hit last week, dropping more than two feet of snow, we got hit yesterdsy with another snowstorm (that didn't qualify for "blizzard" status, that dropped another two feet of snow. I've been snowed in and, of course, after shoveling, and shoveling, and shoveling . . . . I've been trying to spend as much time as possible in my craft room.  I've been getting lots of things ready for some upcoming classes, but today I thought I'd share Stampin' Up!'s Sale-A-Bration product of the week with you.  Here it is: