Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Pleated paper technique

This is one of the cards we made at club the other night.  I just love the pleated paper, and wanted to teach the technique to my girls.  They thought it was going to be hard, but realized it wasn't hard at all.....of course, I had already scored the paper for them....hahahaha
But this really is a fun and easy way to give your cards some pop.  I also added a pretty little flower using the new Blossoms Petal punch from the new catalog, along with some free brads and free ribbon from sale a bration.  It also uses the free paper Everyday Enchantment from sale a bration. 
 This view is so you can see a top view of the pleats and how pretty they really are.
Wanna know how to make your own pleats? 

Pleated Paper- Cut at 8 ¾” by whatever width you would like your pleat to be.   Score at:
¼”, ½”, 1 ¼”, 1 ½”, 2”, 2 ¼”, 3”, 3 ¼”, 3 ¾”, 4”, 4 ¾”, 5”, 5 ½”, 5 ¾”, 6 ½”, 6 ¾”, 7 ¼”, 7 ½”, 8 ¼”, 8 ½”
This will fit the 4 ¼” width of your card.

So go make one of your own.
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Have a great day.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Heart Framelits

Oh my goodness.  Can I just say that I love these new framelits in the mini catalog? 
One of the first projects in the catalog that I noticed was the cute little heart shaped box with the chocolate covered strawberries in them.  BUT, I also noticed that the box didn't have a lid. 
I knew I wanted to make that cute little box, but with a lid for mine.  So, into my craft room I went and started creating.  I was pretty proud of myself for figuring it out all by myself.
This is one of the boxes that emerged from my creating.  What do you think?  I think it turned out pretty cute.
 This is a side view so you can see that beautiful new ribbon that I put on the side of the box.
 And an inside view of the cute box inside. 
I won't say that it was easy to make, but it was fun.  I was going to make this with my club girls, but I knew that it would be the only thing we would be able to make due to time, so I picked some other things.  I did, however, give one of these cute boxes as a doorprize.  I am pretty sure that Sandy was really happy her name was picked.

Thanks for peeking in today.
Have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

No card, just babies

I don't have a card to share today, because I have been a very busy Grandma.  So, I thought instead, I would show you the newest addition to the Thompson family.
This is Blake Owen Thompson and his daddy (my son) giving him kisses.
He is such a little peanut when put next to his cousin Brayden who is only 3 1/2 months older.
We are just thrilled to pieces to have him here.

I do have an ADORABLE heart box that I made Friday morning before we got the word that Blake was on his way.  I am very proud of it because I designed it all by myself, kinda.

Hopefully I can get that photographed and uploaded here soon.

Thanks for peeking in today.
Have a great Tuesday. 

Monday, January 16, 2012

Kindness begins with me

I am really into clean and simple cards right now can you tell?  hahahaha

I used the new In Colors for the hearts on this card. 
This card was a hit at my card buffet.  The ladies loved the fact that it made up so quick and easy.  One of the ladies even put her hearts all different angles, and it was just adorable.

Thanks for peeking in today.
Make today a wonderful day.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Praying for you

So the circle of life continues.  Friday we welcomed in a new grandson, while a co-worker was saying goodbye to her husband last week.  He died of cancer.  I was working on cards for my stash, and realized that I would also be needed sympathy cards.....sadly enough.  So, this is the card that I made for my co-worker and my stash.  Super easy.
The sentiment is embossed with silver embossing powder.
I hate sending these cards.

Thanks for peeking in today.
Have a wonderful day.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Happy Birthday wishes

Today is my Mom's birthday, and this is the card I made for her this year. 
I just love the new stuff on it.  I wasn't going to get that punch because it is so similar to one of the dies, but I had to get it.  It is so much easier to punch out the flowers than it is to run it through the Big
Shot after looking for my die.  You can't really tell in this picture, but the flower is popped up on dimensionals.  It's really pretty in real life.
Thanks for peeking in today.
Happy Birthday mom.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Love you

I figured this was a good card to post today, since yesterday I posted a Valentine's Day card.  Today my daughter in law is getting induced.  So, I will be a grandma again by tonight.  I'm very excited.  I just love grandbabies they are sooooo wonderful.
I will post a picture of the sweet little guy when I have one.
This card was a quick and easy card.  I just threw on some real red DSP and ran the white through the new embossing heart folder.  The scalloped red is the glitter paper.  The sentiment uses the new P.S. I love you stamp set.  Sometimes clean and simple is all you need.

Thanks for peeking in today.
I will get a picture of that new grandson of mine on here soon.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Valentine's cards already

This was a fun card to make.  I saw a card like this that Nicole Heady made, but with flower dies instead.  When we got those wonderful little heart framelits I knew I could use that fun technique on a valentine's day card.  This is what emerged.
I just took the 3 littlest hearts and randomly placed them on the white cardstock with the hearts going over the papers edge and ran it through the Big Shot.  Then I stamped my sentiment and then ran it through the Big Shot again using the polka dot embossing folder.  I just drew a red line with my real red marker and a ruler about 1/4" off the edge.  I love how the DSP underneath just pops out.

Another fun and easy card down. 
Because this is a valentine's day card, I didn't make 4 of these.

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Have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Fun with hearts

I got to play with 2 new toys on this card.
It uses the new adorning accents embossing folder and the new fashionable hearts sizzlit. 
The sentiment comes from 3 little words.
 This picture is a sideview so you can see that I popped it up on dimensionals and then popped up the hearts too.
What a fun card just to tell your special someone that you love them.
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Have a wonderful day today.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Bundle of Love

Well after making the wedding cards I posted yesterday, I figured why not make some baby cards as well.  Those are always needed too.
This is another sketch I "borrowed" from Jill Hilliard.  I just thought it was too cute and made up fast and easy.
I used the new edgelits in the occasions mini catalog for the edge on the bottom.  I love all those new framelits and edgelits in the catalog.  So much fun to play with.
 I also ran the middle section through the polka dots embossing folder to some texture...why? well because that's how Jill's cute card was....hahahaha  But I think it adds such a perfect touch.
 And my stash of four.
I have these posts preset to publish, so as I write this no baby.  I should've waited to post these cards AFTER I had a baby photo to share.  Oh well.  I will still post a picture, because that's what Grandma's do right?  At least this Grandma does. !!!

Thanks for peeking in today.
Make it a great day.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Wedding Wishes....

I'm still working on my card stash and love that is growing.  One card that I never seem to have around when I need one is a wedding card.  I realize that at most weddings we are given PLENTY of notice to have our acts together enough to purchase a gift and make a nice card.  Oh, not me, I seem to like to put it off until I'm panicking and need it NOW!!!
I saw this fun card a while back and loved the little corner details on it, and knew I needed to add this card to my stash. 
I made this one in Marina Mist, and then was going to make 3 more in different colors....but alas....that didn't happen.  So, the next 4 weddings I go to will get a blue card no matter what their colors are.....(insert big grin here)
 I had to add some cute details to the inside too.
 These were fun and fairly easy to make too.
Well, I should be a grandma again most likely by tomorrow.  My daughter in law went into the hospital early this morning and was sent home, much to her disappointment.  She is dialated to a 4, but is not effaced.  They are walking even as I type this to try to help things along.
I'm very excited to meet my new little grandson here soon.
I will keep you posted and add a picture when there is a picture to share.

Thanks for peeking in today.
Have a wonderful day.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

You can never give enough thanks....

Before I even get started, I have to say that the stamps used on these cards are both retired. 
Last year on Angie Juda's blog, Chic n scratch, she had made these cards and I LOVED how sweet yet simple they were.  So, I made some and only had one left.  Everytime I went to my stash of cards for a thank you card, this is the one I wanted to use.  I just couldn't bring myself to use the last one, because I wanted to keep it as a sample so I could make more.
Well, as you can see, I did just that.  I used the new In Colors on these and decided I needed 8 of these, not just 4.
 Seriously, how sweet and simple are these adorable cards????  They could easily be replicated using current stamps.  I just used a sponge dauber to add a little color to the inside of the butterfly.

I made all 8 of these cards in no time.  It took longer to cut the paper to size than it did to actually make them.....(okay, maybe not, but it seemed like it).

So, if you get one of these adorable cards in the mail from me, you will know that I really did appreciate what you did, because I gave up one of my favorite thank you cards for you....: )

Thanks for peeking in today.
I can't believe it's Saturday and my Christmas vacation is almost over.....BOO HOO!!!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Such a blessing in my life....

I don't know what it is about this card, but it is one of my favorites right now. 
I saw this sketch on one of the stamping challenges from my sidebar....(I'm too lazy to go check which one right now...sorry)  Then, while I was blog hopping, I saw a card from DeAnn Rauzi that was very similar to this one.  I just changed a few things. 
I only had time to make one of these cards, but you can best believe that I will be going back and making a LOT more for my stash. 

I used that great new Everyday Enchantment DSP from the sale a bration catalog, and can I just say, that I am very sad that it is only available for a short time.  Because, I LOVE this paper.
I embossed the Poppy Parade background with the vintage wallpaper embossing folder and then took some Soft Suede ink and a sponge, and sponged over the raised image to help make it pop a little bit.  I also sponged all the edges of each piece.  The border, in Pool Party, underneath the sentiment is a very sadly neglected stamp that had never even touched an ink pad yet, Borderlines.  Then from the Blessings From Heaven stamp set, I stamped the sentiment in Soft Suede.

So, I hope you like this card as much as I do.  Thanks DeAnn for the wonderful inspiration.  There are so many stampers out there in blogosphere that inspire me.  I wish I had more time to just blog hop and get even more inspiration.  Thank you to all the wonderfully inspirational bloggers out there that share their creations so I can copy them....(insert big grin here).

Thanks for peeking in.
Have a wonderful day today.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

My sister's birthday card

My sister's birthday is on the 11th of this month, and starts us off with a whole bunch of birthdays from now until April....and my daughter in law is due any day and going to add yet another birthday to January.....I can't wait.
This is the fun card I made for my sister.  It uses a lot of the new products from the Occasions mini catalog.  Have I mentioned how much I love these new framelits????  I hope Stampin Up starts crankin these out like they did the dies.  I will be a happy girl. 

I just cut out a larger frame and put it inside for the sentiment.  The sentiment is from Happiest Birthday Wishes from the Hostess selections.  
 These next 2 cards also use the fun new DSP Sweet Shop from the Occasions mini. 
 Can you see the difference in the borders on these two cards?  I'm not sure which one I like better.
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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Simply Soft

I decided to use some neglected colors that I really do like, but for some reason....maybe because of the Holidays, they haven't been used by me for a while.....Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz.
 I used the Simply Soft stamp set from the Hostess collection for the different flowers, but I used Sincere Salutations and Full of Life for my greetings on these cards.  The DSP is actually Nursery Nest.
 I even decorated the insides of these cards.  I left out any greeting inside in case I want to write a little note in there.

4 more cards for my stash.  It's getting pretty big....that stash of cards of mine.

And yep....there's even more tomorrow.
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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Cheerful Treat

I finally used a few of my sadly ignored items on these cards.  The sadly ignored DSP is from the Hostess selections and is called Cheerful Treat....thus the name of the title of this blog post.  The other sadly ignored item is my Raining Flowers stamp set.  We got this stamp set free at Convention and I have never used it except for the projects at Convention.
 I saw this color combo (melon mambo and lucky limeade) on another card out there in blogosphere, and wanted to use it on my next set of cards for my stash.  It's a simple layout and the cards made up quickly once I had all the pieces of paper cut out.  The middle strip is just part of one of the pieces of DSP that has different borders, cut to fit.  I left the bottom melon mambo on there to give it some contrast.  Super easy.
 Here are my 4 for my stash.
Tomorrow I have some more cards using more of the Hostess goodies. 
I always seem to forget about those.

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Kindness Matters

Wow, what a task it has been to blog again.
I don't know what is up with my computers that they don't want to download my pictures anymore.  I really need to figure out what's wrong, because what I did to get the next few posts up was an all day process......hahahaha.....well almost. 
I was crazy busy during Christmas time, and then it came and we all had a stomach virus and were sick all day Christmas day, and then all the after stuff....taking it all down basically.  I feel like I haven't had anytime to play with paper. 
But, I finally did get to play, and boy have I played.

I have made a lot of cards to get my stash ready for the New Year.  That is one thing I want to do better, is get cards in the mail to people.  I mean, I make them.....I love to make them, and then they just sit.....how silly is that?

I saw a card made by Nicole Heady similar to this one, and knew I needed to make some of those.
It uses the Everday Enhancement DSP that you can get for free during sale a bration.  I LOVE this paper.  It also uses the new framelit dies available tomorrow from the Occasions Mini catalog.  I LOVE those too!!!!  I took the Kindness matters stamp set and inked it up with markers and added a little bling to the butterflies, popped it up on dimensionals.  I also wrapped some linen thread around the card a couple of times.  So easy, but so perfect.
 You can see I decided to make more than one.  I decided I was going to make 4 of each card I make for my stash.
So, if after a month and a half of no blogging, if anyone is still out there.....thank you for hanging in there with me.

I have more cards for my stash to show you tomorrow.
Thanks for peeking in today.