Saturday, November 20, 2010

Monogram Swap Cards

I recently was part of a Monogram Swap that my friend, Ellen, hosted.  Here are the two cards I submitted:


I really liked the way this card turned out; of course, I LOVE the Greenhouse Gala DS paper, and anything made with it will be a favorite of mine!  One of the things I tried to do was to use different punches for my monogram, because most of the time I wind up with the scallop circle punch, the 1-1/4 circle and the 1-3/8 circle!  Here is my recipe for this card:

STAMPS:  Lovely Letters, Tiny Tags

CARDSTOCK:  Chocolate Chip 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 scored at 4-1/4, Baja Breeze 4-1/8 x 5-3/8, Greenhouse Gala 2 x 4-1/8, Scraps of Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip

INK:  Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip

ACCESSORIES:  Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, 1-1/4 Circle Punch, 1-3/8 Circle Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Metallic Brads, Dimensionals, Sponge, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot


I really like this card as well.  After I had used all the Not Quite Navy cardstock and DS paper, I couldn't figure out what colors to use with the monogram, so I used my trusty Color Coach and came up with this combo!  I really like it!  My recipe for this card is:

STAMPS:  Lovely Letters, Artistic Etchings

CARDSTOCK:  Not Quite Navy 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, scored at 4-1/4; Scraps of Whisper White, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, and Regals Patterns DS Paper Stack (Not Quite Navy)

INK:  Not Quite Navy

ACCESSORIES:  1-1/4 Circle Punch, 1-3/8 Circle Punch, Scallop Square Punch, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Scallop Square Due Die, Matchbox Die, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Basic Pearl Jewels

Thanks for looking at my creations!
Happy stampin and scrappin!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Another Birthday Card and September Play Day Project

I'm back once again!  Like I told you yesterday, I have really been busy creating, I just need some time to photograph and post these to my blog!

Here is the birthday card I made for my daughter.  It is a DOUBLE SLIDER CARD, and I followed a tutorial by LeeAnn Greff at  It has a strip of plastic grocery bag or ziplock bag in it to make the slider work!  Pretty cool!

This is what the card looks like closed, and below is the card with the sliders pulled out (you just pull on the white ribbon):


Birthday Card and A September Play Day Project, Continued . . .

OK, I pressed the wrong button and got the first part of this post published.  I can't seem to get back to it to add to it, so I will just post a second part!!!  Here is the picture of the double slider birthday card open:

My recipe for the Double Slider Birthday Card is:

STAMPS:  Long Fellows, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Define Your Life, Defining Alphabet

CARDSTOCK:  Baja Breeze 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, score at 1/2, 3-1/4 and 6, Pear Pizzazz 2-1/2 x 5-1/4, Greenhouse Gala DS Paper, 2-3/8 x 5-1/8, Whisper White 2-1/2 x 3, Peach Parfait, 1-5/8 x 2-1/8, Baja Breeze 2-1/2 x 4 (2 pieces), Plastic Bag strip 1 x 11, Scrap:  Peach Parfait

INK:  Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black

ACCESSORIES:  Corner Rounder Punch, Crop-a-dile, Jumbo Eyelets, 3/8 Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, SAMJ, Scallop Rectangle Clearlit, Big Shot, Dimensionals

I thought that the Long Fellows animals were perfect for this card (or "purrfect" as the case may be)!  See my previous post from today for the link to the tutorial for LeeAnn Greff's Double Slider card.


The last project we made at September Play Day is a card made with LOVELY AS A TREE stamp set:

My recipe:

STAMPS:  Lovely As A Tree, Hugs and Wishes

CARDSTOCK:  Old Olive 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, score at 4-1/4, Chocolate Chip 3-7/8 x 5-1/8, Very Vanilla 3-3/4 x 5

INK:  Old Olive, Chocolate Chip (also Old Olive and Chocolate Chip markers)

ACCESSORIES:  Scallop Frame Oval Die, Big Shot, Sponge

This is a nice flat card that will mail easily!

Thanks for looking!

Happy stampin and scrappin,

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A Birthday Card and A September Play Day Project!

I know I have been MIA, no real reason, except the usual busy days.  I have been making a lot of cards, and will try to bring you up-to-date a bit. 

The first project I'm sharing is a birthday card I'm sending to my daughter and my Mother.  My Mother and my daughter have birthdays back-to-back, and both share a great love for tea, so using Morning Cup stamp set was a natural choice for their card!  I had actually made a card for my daughter already, so I guess she will get two cards this year!

Here is a picture of my card:

The card has a little pocket on the front, just the perfect size for a tea bag.  The little tag on the front says "tea"riffic, so on the inside, I wrote "have a 'tea'riffic birthday". 

My recipe:
Stamps:  Morning Cup
Cardstock:  Daffodil Delight 4-1/4 x 11, scored at 5-1/2; Pumpkin Pie, 3-3/4 x 5-1/2; Whisper White, 3-5/8 x 4-7/8; Greenhouse Gala DS Paper, 3-1/2 x 4-3/4; Daffodil Delight, 3-1/2 x 6-1/2, score at 3-1/4 and again at 1/4 on both of the long sides (makes the pocket on the front); Watercolor Paper, 1-3/8 x 1-7/8; Scrap Pumpkin Pie
Ink:  Black Stazon, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie marker
Accessories:  Scallop Rectangle Clearlit, Big Shot, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Jewelry Tag Punch, 3/4 Circle Punch, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Dimensionals, 3/8" Whisper White Taffeta ribbon, Pumpkin Pie brads, Aquapainter, White DMC thread (non-SU), tea bag (non-SU)

This card is a CASE of a BEAUTIFUL card by fellow SU demo Carrie Gaskin.  Her card can be seen at  I love all of her beautiful cards!

My second card for this post is one we made for Play Day in September.  I really LOVE this card; it is beautiful, but a fast card to make (the very best kind)!

My recipe:
STAMPS:  Christmas Collage, Bells and Boughs
CARDSTOCK:  Old Olive 4-1/4 x 11, score at 5-1/2, Cherry Cobbler 4 x 5-1/4, Very Vanilla 3-7/8 x 5-1/8, Scrap Very Vanilla
INK:  Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake marker
ACCESSORIES:  Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, Brayer, Sponge, Sponge Dauber, Dimensionals, 1-3/4 Circle Punch, Color Spritzer tool

We inked up the Christmas Collage Stamp in Crumb Cake using a brayer, then used a sponge dauber to apply Old Olive Ink to the area around the "25", then stamped it onto the Very Vanilla cardstock.  Very fast way to make a two color image from one stamp!  I also used the "Merry Christmas" stamp from Bells and Boughs to fill in the blank rectangle at the right of the stamp.  We sponged it with Crumb Cake ink and used the color spritzer tool to splash a bit of Crumb Cake on the image.

I also provided an option to put the Christmas bells from the Bells and Boughs stamp set instead of the "25" on the card.  Here is what that card looked like:

This card is also a CASE of fellow SU demo Robin Merriman.  Her card can be found at  I used her idea of brayering the ink and then using a sponge dauber to make the Crumb Cake/Old Olive work so beautifully! 

It is always OK to CASE (copy and share everything) cards from other cardmakers, but be sure to give them credit!  (Just don't use someone's work to enter contests or for publication.)

Thank you for visiting my blog, and hopefully my next post will be soon!

Happy stampin and scrappin,