Sunday, January 10, 2010

Wedding Card

Yesterday was my niece's wedding.  She was the flower girl at our wedding and it's a little hard to believe that she's now married.  I decided to use a few of the things in that box that came on Thursday to make a wedding card and matching envelope for Rachel and Peter.
I used leftover DSP from last year's mini catalog to make the envelope, then tied some kraft taffeta ribbon about it.  The card was folded into three sections, then tied on the outside with more of the same ribbon.  I forgot to take a picture of it, but the inside flap of the card had a scalloped edge, which I did using the new Scallop Trim Border punch (that I got for's a SAB selection!)  For the front of the card, I used confetti white card stock and ran it through my Big Shot with the Elegant Bouquet impressions folder.  I used a sponge dauber to dab Stampin' Pastels on the raised flowers to make them pop a bit.  The colors are Ruby Red, Cameo Coral and Old Olive.  The little label at the top is from the Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware.  I stamped the little flowers inside with my new clear-mount set called Tiny Tags (in the Occasions Mini catalog.)  I used VersaMark to stamp the flowers and "Mr. & Mrs." then used the same color pastels as I had used on the flowers.

I was pretty happy with the way it turned out, especially since I waited until the day before to make it!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Look What Came Today...

A great big box full of fun new toys!  And right there in the middle are two of Stampin' Up!'s new clear mount stamp sets.   I'm not sure how much time I'll have to play with this stuff in the next few days, but I'll try to get some samples posted as soon as I can!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

It's Sale-a-Bration Time!

It's that time of year again...Sale-a-Bration!  For every $50 you spend, you'll earn a free product from the SAB brochure (click on the SAB button on my sidebar to view the brochure!)  There is great stuff this year....stamps, of course, but also Designer Series Paper and a punch!  And this year, there's a new option...instead of product from the SAB brochure, you can also choose select stamp sets from the Idea Book & Catalog.  And, if you host a workshop totally $300 or more, you'll earn an extra SAB product!

And not only does Sale-a-Bration begin today, but the customer ordering period for the Occasions Mini Catalog also starts today!  There is so much good stuff in there that you can easily earn lots of SAB products with an order just from the mini catalog! (Trust me, I'm having a hard time keeping my own wish list under control!)

Call me to place and order or schedule a workshop!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Advent Calendar

I know, it's after Christmas, but I wanted to show you all a unique Advent calendar that I made for my sister-in-law for Christmas.  Each year we exchange handmade gifts with one another, and as soon as I saw this, I knew it was what I wanted to make for her.  I CASEd it from Tracie Hudson at this site.  But of course, I had to put my own spin on it.
I chose some leftover Christmas paper from last year, then used Ruby Red for the drawers.  There are 24 drawers, but they don't contain the candy that you would imagine (although I would highly recommend adding chocolate!)  Inside each drawer is a little card containing a passage of scripture to read.  I chose Bible verses that followed the Jesse Tree our family did this year.  So each day next December, my lovely SIL will read a different passage that traces the lineage of Jesus all the way from Jesse.

This was a very fun gift to make, and not nearly as complicated as I first thought it would be.  The drawers are all made with the Matchbox die and my Big Shot.  Everything was stuck together using Sticky Strip.  That stuff is great, although I did use quite a bit of it on this project.  Hopefully my SIL enjoys this gift as much as I'm hoping she does!

The Last of the Loser Projects

It's ridiculous that I've neglected this poor blog for two months, but even worse that I STILL haven't posted all of my non-award winning projects.  So, this is it...the last two cards.  It may have been a long wait, but I did save the best for last.  I honestly can't decide which I like better.

The first one is a diorama card.  I actually won a contest last year making a similar card, and the folks at SU! told me they love diorama cards.  I figured that this would be a good bet :)  It's kind of hard to see, but I dry embossed the top layer, then stamped the middle layer with a stamp that matched the embossing plate.  The pearls are from the Pretties Kit.  I love this card.  How did I not win this contest!? :)

And I love this one, too.  If these colors don't scream April, then I don't know what would.  This card is just so me.  That's a coke can that I dry embossed, then pierced holes into with my paper piercing tool.  I attached some buttons from Button Latte with the Linen Thread.  I used the same thread to wrap around the large flower piece below.  I meticulously colored each of those flowers by using the Stampin' Write markers right on the rubber of the stamp.  I'm sad that this card is somewhere in Utah instead of here in my possession.  These two were hard to part with.  
Now, my lack of artistry may very well have been the reason that I didn't win this contest.  But I found out today that there is a very good chance that I was disqualified based on some silly rule that I thought I had clarified with the powers that be.  So I think I'll just tell myself that THAT was the reason I didn't get a pile of cash and a $500 SU! shopping spree.  I'm not entering this year.  Preparing for this contest took a lot out of me, and when I wasn't even named as a finalist, I was pretty disappointed.  Stamping for other people has taken some of the fun out of stamping for me, so I decided not to enter this year.  But maybe I'll give it another try again next year.