Great Friend in blues

I’ve got another card from my Last Chance Hands-On class last week.  This card idea came from a sketch that I found on Stampin’ Connection.  I need to see if I can get back to it.  I wanted something where I could use some Designer Series Paper and this sketch fit the bill.

I’m back – I went to go find the sketch so I could include it here and you could see how the card came from it.  I do like working from sketches.

And now my card – I used the Great Friend stamp set – sad to see this one go it was one that I liked to use because the butterfly image is so unique.  For the Designer Series paper I used Blueberry Crisp and took my colors from the paper.  The base is Sahara Sand, then a layer of Very Vanilla.  The strips of Blueberry Crisp paper.  I added my sentiment at the bottom and then a flower using the Simple Flower Embosslit with a Rhinestone in the center.  I also added some Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon.

And yes there is a bunch of stuff on here that is on the Last Chance list –

#113792 – Great Friend stamp set

#117392 – Blueberry Crisp DSP

#109071 – Very Vanilla 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon

#114514 – Simple Flower Embosslit

I hope you like it!

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Dragonfly Shirt Inspiration

I wore a shirt the other day that had dragonflies on it – Ryan asked if it was a Stampin’ Up! shirt.  I said “no”.  Then Greg said “well it sure does look like it would be a Stampin’ up! shirt”.  But it is not.  Since they seemed to think it looked so much like a Stampin’ Up! shirt I decided to try to recreate the design in a card.  I saw a card challenge on Lynn Pratt’s blog that I had wanted to try and with the shirt in my mind decided to combine the sketch idea with the color/theme of my shirt.

Here is the shirt that I had on.  I pulled out my Color Coach to determine what colors I wanted to use for my card.  The dragonflies seemed to be Tempting Turquoise and Sahara Sand, while the back ground was two tones of green.  I decided to use Garden Green and Wild Wasabi.

I used the sketch from the challenge I found which was a card base with a folded Top Note die-cut as the flap on the card.  When you lift this piece the message is underneath.

I decided to stamp the dragonflies on vellum paper using StazOn Black ink and then color them with my Stampin’ Write markers and cut them out.  I slightly curled the wings and tails and used a mini glue dot to attach them to my card. The dragonfly image is from the Nature’s Nest stamp set.

The swirl is from Baroque Motifs, and the “for you” and the words on the inside (which I didn’t take a picture of) are from the Great Friend stamp set.

I added some random splattering using my Color Spritzer Tool and the Garden Green marker – I miss my Itty Bitty Backgrounds splatter which would have worked well on this card too.  The shirt had little brad like things scattered throughout the design so I decided to add that too.  I used a few brads from the vintage set.

What do you think?  I’m not sure, but it does resemble the design and colors of the shirt and fits the sketch.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Great Friend M&M Treats

I am off to convention today!  I’m so excited!  I hope my flight goes well.

While I’m gone I’ll be sharing my swaps with you  on my blog.  I’m going to start with these little M&M Treats.

I have made these little treats before for Easter, St. Patrick’s Day and some summer treats too.  I thought I would make these to give to my friends that I see at convention this year.

The tag uses a color combo that I got from the new Color Coach.  I really like having it. The colors are Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, and Daffodil Delight.

The Early Espresso looked like the brown M&Ms.  I punched those out using the new extra-large scallop circle punch.

Then I punch a layer of Daffodil Delight with the regular scallop circle punch.  The middle is Whisper White card stock and I stamped it with the saying from the Great Friend stamp set using Cherry Cobbler ink.  Then stamped the butterfly image in Daffodil Delight.  I punched it out with the 1-3/8″ Circle punch and then added Cherry Cobbler around the edges with a Stampin’ Write marker. I tied the tag to the top of my treat bags with white crochet thread.  Quick and cute!

UPDATE:  I have had many people ask about the bags – I ordered them online from – they are called 1×8 + flap crystal clear bags – I purchased 1000 of them in packs of 100 along with a few other items to make the shipping cost reasonable.  Ordering just one pack has a very high shipping cost.  I split my order with some other demonstrators and we shared the cost of the shipping.

Thanks for checking in!

Altered Tin Photo Frame

The stamp club orders came on Monday and look at the new Stampin’ Up! Boxes –

Not only do they have the Sale-A-Bration logo on them, but look at this new Caution statement.

I’m ready for some extreme excitement!

I’m always happy to open up Stampin’ Up! boxes because there is always something fun inside.  I think I heard it is only this particular size box that has this label on it because it is the most common size for orders during Sale-A-Bration.

So anyway the club orders were in that box and if you are a part of my Stamp Club then I have all of your stuff ready for you.  Our last club meeting for this session is in February and I’ll start new groups in March.  If you are not already in my Stamp Club and want to be a part of the fun please contact me – I’ll be sending out more information later this week.

Here is one of the projects we made at our last Stamper’s Club meeting – it is a skinny tin that has been altered to be a picture frame.  My friend Wendy shared this with us at our STARZ group meeting and I decided to use it as our club project.

This is the front of the tin.  And when you open it up you can stand it on your desk and it shows two photos on the inside.

I added a couple of photos of Tyler and Haley when they went to the Homecoming Dance last fall.

This is a great little gift idea – perfect for a Mother’s Day or Father’s day gift – just adjust the colors and accents to what you need.

Have a great day!  I’ll post later with some bird photos – they were busy today.

Hands On Class – In-Color Convention Swaps

At my class this month I decided to use cards that I received at convention – as I looked through them all I ended up pulling several that were my favorite and realized they represented most of the In-Colors so that ended up being my “theme” for the class.  I chose cards that featured the In-Colors.  We made 5 cards total (one card featured 2 of the In-Colors) and stamped matching envelopes for each card.  I generally kept the card designs exactly the same as the original creator except one that I didn’t have the stamp set for – so I replaced it with one I did have that I thought would give the same results.  Lisa came to class and added her own little twist to each card and this afternoon she signed up as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator – whoo hoo!  Welcome Lisa to my PAWS team.

Most of the cards I used came from the Shoebox swap that I participated in – some of them I know who designed them and others I don’t.  So if someone knows the original creator I’ll add their name here – just leave me a comment.

RR--Thoughts-&-PrayersThis first card features the Rich Razzleberry In-Color.  The stamp set is Thoughts & Prayers and also Flight of the Butterfly.  The Designer Series Paper is the Cottage Wall Paper.  The original swap from convention used the Old Olive Patterns Designer Series Paper.

The stamp was inked up using the Stampin’ & Write Markers – Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry (yeah for In-Color Markers!) , and Pale Plum.  The Pale Plum card stock was punched with the Eyelet Border Punch.

A little paper clip was tied with a piece of Rich Razzleberry Polka-Dot Ribbon.

The original card had a smaller “Thinking of You” stamped and punched with the Large Oval punch and then mounted on the Scallop Oval punched piece of Rich Razzleberry.  I used the saying from the Thoughts & Prayers set which was larger – so mine is stamped and punched with the Scallop Oval and then mounted on a Wide Oval punched piece of Rich Razzleberry.  Either one looked great.

The envelope was stamped to match the card.

I don’t know who designed this one – it was from the Shoebox Swap at the Shilo Hotel on Tuesday night before convention.

MM-Baroque-MotifsThe second card features the Melon Mambo In-Color.  The stamp sets I used was Baroque Motifs and Sincere Salutations.

This card was also from the Shoebox Swap and was designed by Janice Felty.  Her original design used the large flower image from the Razzle Dazzle stamp set.  Since I didn’t have that set I replaced it with one that I did have.

The Whisper White layer is punched on one side with the scallop edge punch.  Then we positioned it on the front of the card and punched through the Whisper White and Melon Mambo card stock with the Scallop Oval punch to create a window.

Using a piece of Window Sheet and White StazOn ink the greeting from Sincere Salutations was stamped and then sandwiched between the two pieces of cardstock to make the window.

The Melon Mambo Polka Dot ribbon was tied in a knot and then wrapped around the front of the card and secured on the inside.  The envelope was stamped to match the card.

BB-Great-Friend This third card features Bermuda Bay In-Color.  The stamp set is Great Friend that originally debuted in the Occasions Mini Catalog and is available in the new catalog too.

The card base on this one is Whisper White and then we cut three panels to adhere to the front – Bermuda Bay, Chocolate Chip, and Old Olive.

The butterfly is stamped on a Whisper White circle and mounted on a Chocolate Chip circle.  For my class the circles were cut with the Circle Scissor Plus cutting system.  But the original card used the Big Shot and the Circles #2 Originals Die.  Since I don’t have that die we cut our circles.

Three silver brads were added up in the top right corner.

This card was designed by Michele Schmidt for the Shoebox Swap.  Michele was also one of my roommates at convention.

DD-Asian-ArtistryThis next card features the Dusty Durango In-Color.  The stamp set is a Hostess Level 2 set called Asian Artistry.  This card uses a masking technique to create the circle which was inked using a Brayer and the Dusty Durango ink.

The bird image was then stamped with Black StazOn ink and the right edge of the circle was sponged with Soft Suede ink to create the shadow.

Some highlights were added with the White Gel Pen to the leaves.  We also used an Aquapainter to “paint” the bird – this causes some of the ink to lighten up.

The greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and punched with the Word Window punch and layered on some Basic Black card stock that was punched with the Modern Label punch.

I do not know who designed this card – so if you know please leave me a comment and I’ll add it here.  This was also a card we made at the Shoebox swap on Tuesday night.  I told you I got some great cards that night….

SS-CC-Circle-CircusAnd the last card features the Soft Suede and Crushed Curry In-Colors.  This is the Circle Circus stamp set and I also used Teeny Tiny Wishes in my class.  The Designer Series Paper is from the Razzleberry Lemonade set.

The images were stamped on Very Vanilla card stock and punched out with various circle punches. There is a small Crushed Curry flower that was punched using the Trio Flower punch and has a Clear Rhinestone Brad in the center.

Soft Suede Polka Dot ribbon was wrapped around the Designer Paper before it was adhered to the front of the card.

The greeting was punched with the Modern Label punch.  We stamped a matching envelope.

This card was designed by Elizabeth Martinez and we made this at the STARZ meeting on Wednesday night of Convention.

Thanks to all these ladies for sharing their card designs at convention.

If you live near Woodstock, Georgia I hope you will join me for my next class.  Check my calendar to see what’s coming up.

Happy Stampin’!


Convention Swap – Envelope Card

At our STARZ meeting at convention we also had a swap with everyone – 30 of us – so I made this card for my last class and decided to use it as my swap card for the meeting.  envelope-card

This card is made out of a medium envelope.  You seal the envelope shut and then cut off one end – the small piece becomes the lid which I then scalloped the edge on – sponged and tied the ribbon around.  My colors are Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry.  This photo is a bit dark so it looks brighter in person.  The bottom portion becomes a pocket – stamp on it first then run it through the crimper.  This causes it to shrink up just enough that it fits into the lid.  I decorated the front with the butterfly from the Great Friend stamp set.  The grass is from Inspired by Nature.

Then inside my pocket I have a place for a note. envelope-card-open I did punch out a half circle from the top of the pocket so you can easily get out the insert.  This was also decorated with the Great Friend set and the grass.  I sponged all my white edges with the Rich Razzleberry ink.

I hope all the STARZ girls like this swap card.  There should be 30 of us at the meeting so I’ll have their swap cards to share with you after convention.

Happy Stampin’!