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Friday, August 31, 2012

All out of Thank You Notes........

I had so much fun last weekend re-filling my stash of Thank You notes and making some extras for my sister and stepdaughter.  (They don't know I actually listened, and heard them drop a hint that they wanted some.)
Here are a few of the cards:

(upper/left) -  Button Buddies is one of my favorite Stamp Sets from Stampin' Up. Sometimes I really struggle though, with smaller images. I was really happy to find this layout which does a great job highlighting a smaller image from this set like the flower pot. Lots of layers, but they are simple. I used the Ice Cream Parlor Kit that is currently available in the clearance rack, along with these coordinating buttons and ribbon. Yummy! I used a small piece of ribbon on the vase to give it more color and dimension. This Kit is super versatile and cheery! 

(upper/center) - Dawn Olchefske made quite a splash at Convention by reviving this layered stamping style.  There are tutorials for it on her website as well as Split Coast Stampers under Resources.  I used the new Stippled Blossoms in Night of Navy and Not Quite Navy, and the Flowering Flourishes in Always Artichoke.  And, I forgot the sentiment; it needed to be stamped first - oh well!  Blank card, it is!  A little Always Artichoke seam binding and we're done.  This is a fun and fairly quick technique that looks oh so elegant! 

(upper/right) - First, if anyone can help me turn this card, I would be grateful.  I've tried everything, and Blogger just really want to keep it in it's original format!  Anyway, I love the simplicity plus Wow factor of dry embossing designer paper.  I love this quick layout! layer a 2" piece of DSP onto solid card stock. Run thru the Bigshot with an embossing folder. Tie on ribbon, stamp a sentiment, punch it, adhere it to a punch of DSP, and attach with dimensionals. Adhere it to your card base, and tada! Quick thank you note!
(bottom/left) - The Array of Sunshine Set was stamped in Lucky Limade, Primrose Petals, Baja Breeze and Wisteria Wonder then cut out by hand.  This is Louise Sharp's design, although her sentiment, colors and background matting are different. 
(bottom/right)  I love the French Foliage set, but it took me awhile to warm to it.  I love it now! This collage technique is a fun way to 'make' your own designer paper!  
I hope you can find a technique, layout, color combination or stamp set from my post that inspires you!  Happy Stamping! 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Quick Christmas Notecards!

Hey Everyone!  Well, I'm back from vacation and busy with my push to get ahead of the holiday rush by getting some Christmas Cards made in advance.  At the Stampin' Up! Convention this year, Bonnie Thurber demonstrated the Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags and a quick option for Christamas Cards combined with SU Note cards.  I thought I would step it up, and include the Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Pack, too!  These little darlings came together very quickly!  So, for $16.85 in supplies and a Christmas Sentiment and a little bling and ribbon, I have 25 quick cards!  Even with ribbon and bling, it's less than $1 each to make!  Sweet!

For an extra little dazzle, I used the jumbo wheel to snaz up the envelopes.  Loved how these turned out!  All of these products can be purchase at my online store... just click the this image on the right to shop now:
Visit my Stampin' Up! websiteHave a great day and I'll be posting more from Convention this weekend!