Tuesday, June 21, 2016

July Cards-Of-The-Month

When I sat down at my craft table on Sunday afternoon to stamp my July cards, all I knew was that I wanted to use these two items:  

What I didn't know was that I would get carried away with all the possibilities of this gorgeous paper!  As soon as I saw this paper in the new catalog, I knew that I would be ordering it.  Blue is my all-time favorite color.  Most of my clothes are blue, my house is decorated in blue, and of course, I often use blue on my cards & scrapbook pages.

What I like about blue is that it has such a clean and calm look about it.  It is so classic.   It can be used for every season and holiday.  And it looks good with every other color!

This teacup and saucer is part of a set that I brought back from England when we lived there several years ago.  It was my inspiration in using a bit of yellow in this card.

This mug is also from England.  It features the church in the small village where we lived.  I love the simplicity of the blue image on a white background.

These cards have a more casual look to them and were very quick to make.

I made this card for my Aunt Dot, who lives in a nursing home.  Whenever I send her a card, I try to use polka-dot paper . . . to go with her name and with the fun personality that I will always associate with her!

I am sending this card to a lady from our church who has been experiencing severe back pain recently and hasn't been able to be at church.

Supplies used for these cards:
  • Stamp Set - Tin of Cards (p 86)
  • Paper - Floral Boutique designer series paper ( p 77)
  • Cardstock - Night of Navy, Whisper White, So Saffron, Real Red, Pear Pizzazz
  • Ink - Night of Navy, Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, Versa-Mark (with white embossing powder)
  • Accessories - Decorative Label punch (p 186), Night of Navy solid baker's twine (p 179), Whisper White organza ribbon (p 178)
If you haven't browsed through the new catalog yet, take a few minutes to have a look.  Click on the catalog image in the margin and enjoy the beauty!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

A Summer Get-Well Card

We don't usually think about people being sick during the summer, but unfortunately that sometimes happens.  This afternoon I wanted to make a get-well card for a lady from our church.  But as I was looking through my stamps, I realized that I don't have many stamps that say "get well".  However, there was this one stamp that I kept coming back to . . . 

I really like this stamp a lot, but to me it looks like a stamp that should be used in the winter, when someone who is sick might enjoy a cup of something hot.  Our temperatures here in Michigan have been ranging from 80 - 90 degrees the past few days . . . not the kind of weather that calls for hot beverages!  But I really wanted to use this stamp and I was determined to find a way to adapt it for a summer get-well card.

I decided that a person who is not feeling well in the summer time would probably like a cheerful bouquet of flowers.  So I reached for my Petite Petals stamp set and coordinating punch and stamped out some flowers in colors from the Brights collection.  The leaves are also punched from the Petite Petals punch; I simply cut the flowers apart into leaf shapes.  I didn't need the swirling steam and the spoon handle, so I inked up the stamp with a marker (rather than a pad) so that I could color only the parts of the stamp that I wanted.  As a fun embellishment, I used little circle enamel shapes from the Brights collection.  

Items used for this card:
  • Stamp Sets  - Get Well Soup (p 54), Petite Petals (p 86)
  • Ink - Pacific Point, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight (p 171)
  • Cardstock - Pacific Point, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White (p 170-171)
  • Accessories - Petite Petals punch (p 187), Enamel Shapes (p 177), Stampin' Dimensionsals (p 182)
Note that all the colors I used are from the Brights collection.  All of these colors look great together and are perfect to use during the summer!

I admit that I don't always think about sending get-well cards.  But I was sick over Mother's Day weekend and had to miss church that Sunday.  A few days later a get-well card showed up in my mailbox and really brightened my day (even though I was feeling fine by then)!  It is a simple way of showing others that you care.  

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

"Wild About Flowers" Thank You Card

There is a sweet lady in our church who spent the past two months teaching the children in our "Kid's Church" each Sunday.  I saw her each week cheerfully setting up for the class- time and greeting each child with a smile!  She is a joy to be around and a blessing to our congregation.  This afternoon I created this card to send to her to let her know that she is appreciated.

I wanted to make a bright, summer-y card, so I chose colors from Stampin' Up's "Brights" collection.  (Did you know that all of the colors within each collection are designed to coordinate with each other?)  And if you look carefully, you can see that I sponged Soft Sky ink over all of the flowers.  I folded the wings of the butterfly up and adhered it with a glue dot.  I adhered the greeting with foam dots to make it stand up slightly.

Supplies used for this card:
  • Stamp Sets - Wild About Flowers (p 112), Suite Sayings (p 104)
  • Cardstock -  Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White (p 170-171)
  • Inkpads - Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Soft Sky (p 171)
  • Accessories - Elegant Butterfly punch (p 187), Stamping Sponge (p 180), Mini Glue Dots (p 182), Stampin' Dimensionals (p 182)
Is there anyone you need to send a note of thanks?  Most everyone likes to be appreciated!

I (actually my husband) finally got the new Stampin' Up Annual Catalog linked up on the side of my blog.  The UPS man delivered my first box of supplies from the new catalog and next week I will show you some of the new products.  I still have a few copies of the new catalog , so if you would like to have one just let me know!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

a happy "new year"

Change is in the air!  With the beginning of summer, there are some new and exciting things happening for many people.  For Stampin' Up fanatics, the biggest day of our year is coming up on Wednesday, June 1.  The 2016-2017 catalog is being released!  I've had my copy for a couple of weeks and have started making out my wishlist.  There are lots of beautiful new stamps, accessories, and five gorgeous new colors.  

The card pictured above features one of those new colors . . . "dapper denim".  Blue is my absolute favorite color and "dapper denim" is a perfect shade of blue.  I think of it as being like blue jeans . . . almost anything goes with it!  I know that I will be using this as the basis for many future projects.

Supplies used for this card:

                 (All page numbers refer to the new catalog.)

  • cardstock - Dapper Denim (pg 169), Whisper White (pg 170)
  • paper - Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack, So Saffron (pg 174)
  • ink - Dapper Denim (pg 169), Real Red (pg 171)
  • stamp set - Endless Thanks (pg 42)

I made this card for my friend Lisa in Alaska.  I am so thankful to have a friend who shares my passion for stamping & scrapbooking!  

Just seeing the cover of the new catalog inspires me to want to sit down and start crafting!  I have a box of 7 catalogs to give away . . . would you like to have one?  If so, please send me an email (godismydelight@yahoo.com) or leave a comment.  The catalog is 209 pages of products and samples of beautiful cards.  I would be very happy to send you a copy of your very own!

Or if you'd rather view the catalog online, I plan to have it linked up on the side of my blog tomorrow, as soon as I am able.  It will be sitting there for the following year, ready for your viewing pleasure!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

June Card-Of-The-Month


It's almost summer-time and that is the look I'm going for in my June card.  I made both a "guy" version & a "girl" version of this card, that features the retiring Stampin' Up set, Ray of Sunshine (Annual Catalog, p 78).  The only difference between these two cards is the pink and the blue.  This set has some versatile greetings and a "sunshine" stamp is useful to have when you want to send a card to brighten someone's day.


Other supplies used in these cards:
  • ink - daffodil delight, pumpkin pie, melon mambo, pacific point
  • cardstock - daffodil delight, pumpkin pie, whisper white, melon mambo, pacific point                                      
  • accessories - candy dots (daffodil delight), hexagon punch (to "flag" the ends of the greeting)                       
        *Both the candy dots & the hexagon punch are retiring.

The items that are retiring will be available until May 31, or until supplies run out.  To see a complete list, click here.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Gift Box Punch Board

I am not one to buy a lot of extra gadgets, but when the Gift Box Punch Board (Annual Catalog, p 150) was on sale a few months ago, I decided to buy it.  I am so glad I did!  I recently sat down to try it out and within a very short time, I had created 10 cute little gift boxes.  I will be giving these to the ladies that have been coming to our Ladies' Bible study on Wednesday nights.  

The punch board is very simple to use . . . the directions are printed right on top of it!  You can create boxes up to 4 " on each side.  My boxes are 1.75 " square and I made them using the Pretty Petals designer series paper (Annual Catalog, p 144) that I have shown here on my blog several times.  This paper is "retiring" at the end of May, so if you want it, now is the time to order it.  The "thank you" stamp is from the Tin of Cards stamp set (Annual Catalog, p 110).

If you enjoy giving small gift items (for hostesses, place-settings, teachers, kids, etc) you need this awesome tool!  It is reasonably priced at $20.  And I especially like how it gives me another way to use patterned paper (my favorite craft supply)!

You can order this, as well as many other paper craft supplies, by clicking on the "Shop Now" link that is below the catalog images to the right.  Or email me at godismydelight@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Fun (In Black & White) Scrapbook Page

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When I signed up as a Stampin' Up demonstrator last August, I began to be much more intentional in keeping up with my scrapbooking.  I have become really good at having photos printed after an event or outing and then quickly making a page with them.  But I still have lots & lots of catching up to do. 

 Yesterday I went back and selected photos from almost a year ago.  Last year on May 15, our daughter-in-law, Jazmin was finally granted an immigrant visa.  She, Ben, & their girls were finally able to move to the United States.  For the first time, the cousins could be together!  Pete & I have had our hands pleasantly full of 6 grandchildren!  Countless photos have been taken since then, but I wanted to scrapbook the first ones of this special time in our lives.

Yesterday when I began gathering my photos & supplies, I knew that I wanted to use one of the products from Stampin' Up's retirement list.  The Everyday Chic designer series paper (Annual Catalog, p 142) worked perfectly.  Because black & white are completely neutral colors, I was certain that they would not clash with the colors in my photos.  

I featured this paper in some card-making several months ago (you can see here).

Tips & Tricks:
  • Because I had a lot of busy & colorful photos, I stayed with the black & white color scheme, adding only one pop of color (the pink heart).  The Sweetheart Punch (Annual Catalog, p 166) made the perfect place to add the date and also goes with the hearts in the patterned paper.  This heart punch is a "must-have" accessory if you create scrapbook pages of your family!

  • I used only 4 of the 12 designs of the paper.  I chose the two papers with the hearts because it conveyed the "feeling" of the page.  And here is a little detail that no one would notice . . . but the paper with the "grid" look to it matches the design of the chair that Lincoln is sitting in.  It sounds kind of silly, but I think that little things like that help make a page look more co-ordinated.  Plus, it is fun to look for designs in the photos that can somehow be repeated in the embellishments.

  • I had way too many photos and not enough room!   I spread all the photos out on my table, set aside the photos I KNEW I wanted to use (for example, the one of Pete & me with all of the kids) and then started making the cuts.  I eliminated any photos that looked similar to any of the others.  I wanted a balance of candid and posed photos.  I looked really close at my photos to see what could be cropped.  For example, in photo of DeDe & Cualli on the lower left, Lincoln was sitting there too, but he was looking off to the side doing his own thing.  So he got cropped out.  Plus I already had that cute picture of him and Cualli up at the top.

  • I used two different sets of alphabet stamps on the title block; making the word "fun" stand out, since it is a key word of the page.  (Both sets of these alphabet stamps have long been retired from Stampin' Up.)

  • The title "Let The Fun Begin" is what popped into my mind when I looked at the picture below the title block.  The way Mollie has her arms outstretched and the other two girls are there with her make me think that maybe she is directing them in some kind of game!

  • I had almost completed this page and then I realized I had not done any journaling!  There is an important story here and I definitely needed to tell it.  But I couldn't figure out where I could put it.  I kept looking and decided I could replace one of the blocks of patterned paper that run across the left side of the page with a journaling block.
I am really pleased with how the page turned out!  I felt like this was an important page to make because this little chapter in our lives will soon come to a close.  Ben, Jazmin, & the girls will soon be moving to Oregon to work with a church there.  We are so thankful that we had this past year together!  I think it was especially an exciting time for the three older grandkids and I am glad that I have these photos that they can always look back on and remember the fun.  

And now a new chapter is about to begin . . . at some point, Pete & I will be taking a trip to Oregon.  More stories, more fun, more photos!

Don't forget, the Everyday Chic designer series paper, along with many other items, will only be available until May 31, or until supplies run out.  Click here to see the retiring list and contact me (godismydelight@yahoo.com) if you would like to place an order.