Tuesday, February 2, 2016

More Cards Using Doilies



Last week I posted some cards that I had made featuring the Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack and the Sweetheart Punch.  Most of those cards had a strong Valentine look to them.  So today I wanted to make some more cards using the doilies that weren't "Valentine-ish".  Here is what I came up with . . . 


I love this blue/white color combination.  The base of this card is Marina Mist cardstock (p 139, Annual Catalog).  I used just a snippet of a doily with a small piece of Marina Mist paper from the Subtles Color Collections paper stack (p 144, Annual Catalog).  I punched the flower using the 1 3/4" Scallop Circle punch (p 165 Annual Catalog) and the center of the flower using paper from the same pack mentioned above, using the 1" Circle punch (p 165, Annual Catalog).  I finished it off with a piece of Whisper White Baker's Twine (p 158, Annual Catalog).




I used Crumb Cake cardstock (p. 141, Annual Catalog) for the base of this card.  The paper is from the Love Blossoms paper stack (p 17, Occasions Catalog).  The sentiment is from the Tin of Cards stamp set (p 110, Annual Catalog) and is stamped on Whisper White cardstock (p 141, Annual Catalog), punched with the Decorative Label punch (p 166, Annual Catalog) and happens to be one of the Weekly Special items this week.  (Look on the right side of the blog.)



This would make a nice engagement or wedding card.  I used Whisper White cardstock for the base (p 141, Annual Catalog).  The paper is from the Love Blossoms paper stack (p 17, Occasions Catalog).  As in the card above, I used a sentiment from the Tin of Cards set (p 110, Annual Catalog) and the Decorative Label punch (p 166, Annual Catalog).



This card is made using Rose Red cardstock (p 140, Annual Catalog) as the base and a sheet from the Love Blossoms paper stack (p 17, Occasions Catalog).  The sentiment is from a retired set (So Many Sayings) and is stamped on Blushing Bride cardstock (p 139, Annual Catalog) with the Word Window punch (p 166, Annual Catalog).  The flower is also punched from Blushing Bride cardstock using a retired punch (Blossom) and a retired stamp set (Mixed Blooms).  However there are three similar flower punches on p 167 of the Annual Catalog, along with coordinating flower stamp sets, scattered throughout the Annual Catalog.



This card could certainly be used as a Valentine card, but also anytime.  The base is Rose Red cardstock (p 140, Annual Catalog).  The paper is from the Love Blossoms stack (p 17, Occasions Catalog).  The stamp set I used is from 2000 and has been retired for a very long time!  I stamped it all on Whisper White cardstock (p 141, Annual Catalog), using the Scalloped Tag Topper punch (p 165, Annual Catalog), and embellished the top with Blushing Bride 1/4" Cotton Ribbon (p 159, Annual Catalog) and some Whisper White Baker's Twine (p 158, Annual Catalog).

The Tea Lace Paper Doilies can be found on p 148 of the Annual Catalog.  They come in a pack of 24 for $3.00.  Any paper crafter will find these to be a useful accent to have on hand.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

February Cards Of The Month




Here are a few cards that I made using the Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack (p 17, Occasions Catalog).  This is a tablet of 48 sheets of 6" x 6" paper in simply charming designs.  Obviously there is a "Valentine" theme to these papers, but a lot of them will work for any project that calls for a light, spring-time feel.  I got out a pack of tea lace doilies (p 148, Annual Catalog) & my Sweetheart punch (p 166, Annual Catalog) and started playing.   




The "You Warm My Heart" phrase is from the Sheltering Tree set that I used back in the autumn (p 89, Annual Catalog).


It's hard to see, but I stamped the words "All My Love" directly onto the doily using the Alphabet Rotary Punch (p 132, Annual Catalog).

As I said, these papers work just as well for other occasions. 


The "have a lovely day" sentiment in the cards above are from the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set (p 6, Annual Catalog).


These are the only projects I've made so far with this paper, but I already know that I will be using it a lot more in the coming weeks.  The 6" x 6" size is very easy to work with, and at only $8 for a pack of 48 sheets, I think I may as well go ahead and buy another pack of it!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Bookmarks


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Pete & I are both avid readers and we enjoy giving books as gifts.  We gave the books pictured above were given to our son and daughter (who recently turned 28) on their birthday.  





We bought this book for someone in our family that has an upcoming birthday.  It is always fun to find books that we think suits the receiver.

Along with the book, I also like to include a handstamped bookmark.  Stampin' Up has a couple of punches that make it very easy to create customized bookmarks.  The one I use is the Scalloped Tag Topper punch and there is also the Ornate Tag Topper punch (p 165 of the Annual Catalog).  I punch the base of the bookmark from cardstock, then layer some decorative paper or a stamped piece of cardstock on top.  You can use a shorter strip of cardstock if you want to create a tag.  Or if you google this product you will see a lot of other cute uses for this punch!   
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Scalloped Tag Topper punch


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Birthday Celebration



Our house last weekend was full of fun as we celebrated the birthdays of my twins, Ben & Caitlin (who turned 28) and my sister Amanda (who turned ?).  She also has a twin, Amy, and I'm hoping that sometime in the future we can have a double twin birthday celebration!

Here is the scrapbook page that I just completed using the It's My Party designer series paper (Occasions Catalog, p 5).  This is the same paper that I used to make the birthday cards that I showed here last week.  In order to give you a better look at each of the designs, I cut 2 x 2 inch squares of each 12 x 12 inch page.  You can see how easy it is to mix and match these designs.  The colors are bright & festive and would also work well for a "congratulations" card.  If you browse through the Occasions catalog (click on the link to the right), you will see several stamp sets and some cute accessories that coordinate with this paper.



One little trick that I used on my page . . . I used one of the diagonally-striped designs for my journaling block.  Ordinarily stripes aren't my style.  But by turning the stripes so that the stripes go straight across, it made a cute way to journal the occasion.

I am a believer in honoring special people on their birthdays!  Creating a scrapbook page of the event is a nice way to be able to look back and remember the celebration.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Birthday Cards

Brand new products from Stampin' Up are available today with the release of the 2016 Occasions mini catalog.  Think of all the occasions that call for celebrations over the coming months . . . Valentines Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Graduations, new babies, and of course birthdays.  This new catalog is full of products that will help you create vibrant, colorful cards and scrapbook pages.  You can browse through this new catalog by clicking on the link under the Occasions catalog image on the right.

As a demonstrator for Stampin' Up, I was able to pre-order products from this new catalog.  I chose three items from the It's My Party product suite . . . 


It's My Party Designer Series Paper


It's My Party Cardstock Pack

Baker's Twine Combo Pack


I chose one of my birthday stamp sets that I already own (Endless Birthday Wishes) and sat down last Sunday afternoon to create these cards:







These cards were very simple and quick to make;  I only used a black stamp pad & let the paper provide the color.  With 12 different patterns in the pack, the possibilites are endless!  Also, this paper will go with virtually any birthday set.  With these few items, you can create dozens and dozens of cards!  I know several people with January birthdays, so I am all set with these cards.

If you enjoy sending birthday cards, consider making them yourself instead of buying them.  Not only will you save money, you will enjoy the process of coming up with your own designs and personalizing them for your family and friends.  And in just one afternoon, you can create a stack of beautiful cards and have them all ready to send.  No more rushing out to buy a card at the last minute!


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Fast & Easy Scrapbooking



I just got home a little while ago from the grocery store, where I had these photos (plus a bunch more) printed.  Almost all of these were taken last week and they were NOT all Christmas photos!  We were also celebrating the birth of our sixth grandchild . . . Evelyn June Weaver, born on Dec 21!  So my camera got quite a workout last week!

And now I am ready to get these photos in a scrapbook.  Yes, I could have let them stay in the envelope they came in or I could store them in a box.  Or I could have let them just live in a digital form on my computer.  But then I wouldn't be able to witness scenes such as this one:


Last week, while Evelyn's three older siblings (and two cousins) were waiting for her to be born, they all wanted to hear the stories of their own birth days.  Which led to me getting out the big red "grandkids" scrapbook.  What makes this album extra-special is that it only has photos of them, or them with Pete & me.  The album is divided into sections for each of them and at the end, there is a section with photos of them together.  



With grandkids as adorable and entertaining as we have, we can't help but take LOTS of photos of them!  (If you are a grandparent, you probably feel the same way!)  In order to quickly get these photos into a book, I am using a different form of scrapbooking to make this album . . . it's called "pocket scrapbooking".  Basically, the photos, the journaling, and any decorative element are all slipped into pockets.  There is no cutting or gluing or spending hours creating a page!  The result is an album full of sweet photos and words that "tell" the story of my family.  When I look at my album, I am reminded of how blessed I am to have these grandchildren in my life.  When they look at it, they are hopefully getting the message that they are valued and cherished by Pete & me.  I don't think I could get the same effect by scrolling through photos on my computer or digging through photos in a box!  And I love to think about our grandkids looking through this book when they are adults!

Of course, pocket scrapbooks are not just for grandkids; they can be used to document any aspect of life.  This method of scrapbooking is perfect for people who:
  • have never scrapbooked before. 
  • don't consider themselves "crafty".
  • don't have time for traditional scrapbooking.
  • want to document the special people, places, events, or the everyday elements of their lives.
For an inspirational explanation, here is a link to a video by Becky Higgins, who is the creator of Project Life, a company that specializes in pocket scrapbooking.


Last year, Stampin' Up partnered with Project Life and we now have a nice selection of Project Life products in our catalogs (Annual Catalog p 145-147, Holiday Catalog p 36-38).  For a look at how easy it is to use these products, check out this video from Stampin' Up:



As we are about to end this year, this is a good time to decide to document the next year in your life.  Think about it,  you're probably already taking photos (most likely with your phone).  Why not print them and slip them into pocket pages?  It's fast & easy, and will provide endless hours of pleasant reminiscing by your family!









Tuesday, December 15, 2015

January Card-Of-The-Month



This is my "all-purpose" card that I will be sending out in January.  This card will work for anyone, because who doesn't need "warmth & cheer" in January?!  






The stamp set is called Joyful Season (Holiday Catalog, p 29) and will only be available until January 4, 2016, when the Holiday Catalog expires.  What I like best about this set is that it can be used for winter AND Christmas.  This is one of those sets that makes you look like an artist, because it is a 2-Step stamp set.  You first stamp the outline of the cardinal, and then you stamp the inside.  And you can do the same thing with the branch.

A few little tricks I used on this card:
  •  I tore the edges of the white cardstock because I wanted to soften the edges to make it look more natural. 
  •  I used a marker to color only part of the sentiment. 
  • I off-set the sentiment, just to make it look more interesting and balanced.
  • The color of cardstock for the base is "Soft Sky", which is the perfect color to use to create a quiet & peaceful feel for a card.
If you are interested in creating cards, contact me via email (godismydelight@yahoo.com) or leave a comment.  You can also place an order by clicking on "shop now" below the catalog images to the right.  Notice the sale items, too.  The Pretty Petals designer series paper is a great bargain and can be used in a lot of different ways. I will be featuring this item soon, here on my blog. 

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