Sunday, February 21, 2016

Art Gallery Cards and Two (Tooooooo) Fun St. Patrick's Day Cards!

Hi, Stampers!

March is almost here so we're thinking about some cute, cute, cute cards to send to our Irish family and friends for St. Patrick's Day!

The first is pretty much a case from Mary Fish at   Give credit where credit is due!!  I love it because with a few punches and embossing folders you have a really special and "clean" card!  (Uh Oh--looks like my mustache had a shaving error!  :-))

Like the shamrock for our envelope?  It's the heart from Work of Art!.  Makes a really pretty shamrock!

Like a bit more to do?  Well, have at it with this card.  We used the Over the Rainbow stamp set with Pacific Point, Cucumber Crush, Crushed Curry and Calypso Coral inks to achieve our rainbow and like the derby hat above, we used the Word Window and Circle punches.  Our clouds are punched using the 2 3/8" inch scallop circle punch.  We colored our Perfect White Dots with a (sniff) Blendability marker.  Everyone gets a pot 'o gold!

Let me know if I can be of creative help to you or if I can help you to find the best supplies on earth!!

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Have a terrific weekend!
Stampin' Smiles and Hugs!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Handmade Valentines From Friends--Ree's Art Gallery Cards

 Hello, Stampers!

I hope this finds you well, happy and creative!  It is such a joy to get handmade cards from friends!  I am always amazed at my stamping friends' great talents for design and color, so I thought I would share these with you today!

First is Colette:  I love that her card immediately took me back to our trip to Paris last fall!  Ahhhh--Wonderful memories.  But back to here and now.  3 things to love:  the use of the newsprint, the bannner and wonderful framing!  Thank you, Colette!

Next is Susan's card.  So much to love here too:  The Washi Tape, the pretty butterflies (always a favorite with me) and the scallops!  Thank you, Susan!!

 Jane's card is next!  Jane is theeeee most consistent sender of bee-yoo-tee-ful cards.  3 things to love:  the wonderful layering and framing, the use of the candy dots, the colors!!!  Thank you, Jane!

Thank you, gals!  I know that anyone visiting this post will take inspiration with them!!  Have a happy and creative day!
Stampin' Hugs!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Fun and Simple Handmade Birthday Card--Cardmaking at Its Most Fun!

Hey, Stampers!

Here's a quick and easy birthday card for anyone on your list!  Love the colors and the festive elements of the balloons and confetti!  Here is a list of "ingredients":

  • It's My Party--Birthday Stack from the Spring Occasions Catty
  • Palette for paper, ink and markers:  Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo and Mint Macaron (You can just as easily use Pool Party)
  • Baker's Twine Combo Pack
  • Scalloped Tag Topper
  • Corner Rounder Punch
  • Suite Sayings Stamp Set (Spring Occasions)
This is the perfect "stack a stamp and keep some on hand" project and it's so darn cute!

Happy Stampin' Hugs!

Have a happy week and check out this week's Weekly Deals below:

Baker's Box Thinlits Dies by Stampin' Up!
Price$33.00 $24.75
Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim by Stampin' Up!
Price$5.00 $3.75
Blossom Bunch Punch by Stampin' Up!
Price$18.00 $13.50
Butterfly Basics Wood Stamp Set-Mount by Stampin' Up!
Price$48.00 $36.00
Crushed Curry Baker's Twine by Stampin' Up!

Price$3.00 $2.25

Saturday, February 6, 2016

A Quick, Elegant, Masculine Handmade Valentine!

Hello, Stampers!

Are you a couple of valentines short for the upcoming holiday?  Here's a quick and easy one, using various neutral shades from the Stampin' Up color family.

The card base is chocolate Chip.
  • The card front is Crumb Cake run through the Big Shot with the Woodgrain embossing folder.
  • 3 "Sweethearts" punched from Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede.
  • Neutrals Candy Dots add just the right touch without being too frou-frou!
  • Don't have the stamp you need?  Well hopefully, you can dust off your My Digital Studio program to get the colors and fonts that you love!  Just print it out on your choice of SU Neutrals Cardstock and sponge a little Chocolate Chip around the edges.
  • Don't forget your Dimensionals--easily the best "pop-ups" available.  They are just the right height and use the entire sheet.  (3 sheets to one pack!!)

Here's a quick look at this week's Weekly Deals Savings!
Easter is coming!  The Treat Bag Dies have a savings of $10!!
Weekly Deals

Crazy about You Clear-Mount Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Price$39.00 $29.25
Decorative Label Punch by Stampin' Up!

Price$18.00 $13.50
Gold 1/8 Ribbon by Stampin' Up!

Price$5.00 $3.75
Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies by Stampin' Up!

Price$40.00 $30.00
Snow Friends Framelits Dies by Stampin' Up!

Price$27.00 $20.25

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Directions For Big Shot Die Brush!! Bloomin' Love Valentine with Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper and Free Designer Paper for the Envelope!

Hi, Stampers!

Here's a really pretty card that we made at the SOS Stamp Club and Titusville Art League stamping classes.  Sweet and simple and an unexpected color combination for Valentine's Day but WOW!!

I love the Blackberry Bliss ink and cardstock for a really dramatic and yet, clean design.  Remember, to have virtually perfect release of paper bits from the Bloomin' Heart Thinlit and the paper heart itself, I recommend this lineup:  (So nice to dispense with the parchment and dryer sheets!!!)

  • Magnetic Platform
  • Impressions Plate ****Be sure to offset the Magnetic Platform and the Impressions Plate so that you don't have to use a crowbar to separate the 2!
  • Cardstock or Designer Paper
  • Bloomin' Heart Thinlits Die
  • Single Plastic Cutting Plate (Only 1!!)
  • Crank it forward and back 
  • Then roll over die (paper side down) with your Big Shot Die Brush!   Go 2 different directions! You'll be amazed!!

Happy Stampin' Hugs!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

CASE'ing Going Globa! Cardmaking Fun With New Occasions Products!

Hi, Stampers!

I confess to happily case'ing one of wonderful projects wee got to make at November's OnStage Event in Tampa!  I immediately fell in love with the Going Global Stamp Set, the Going Places 6" x 6" paper stack and the World Traveler Textured Impressions Folder.  We made these cards in my classes last week.  Some were valentines, some were birthday cards and some were congratulatory cards.  How versatile can one group of products be???!!!

We lightly inked the top inside folder of the embossing folder with the Crumb Cake Stamp Pad, inserted the Crumb Cake 4" X 5 1/4" paper, ran it through the Big Shot and got really interesting results in each case.

I really LOVE creating with my stamp groups!  They are all so creative and fun to be around!!  Lucky me and counting my blessings!!

I wish you a glorious, creative week!

Stampin' Hugs and Smiles,