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February 2012

Best of Everything Birthday

I am still obsessed with these simple pocket style cards.  Today I cut out a window using the Labels Collection Framelits die.    This made the stamping a little trickier so I lightly traced the outline of the label so I would know where I needed to stamp my bird and branch.  

Best of Everything blushing bride
Here's what the 2 parts of the card look like.

Bestofeverything bulshing bride 2

Here's what I used to make this card.

Stamps:  Best of Everything (still love that chubby little birdie), On Your Birthday, Bring on the Cake
Ink: Early Espresso, Pear Pizazz, Perfect Plum
Paper: Pear Pizazz, Whisper White, Blushing Bride from the In Color Patterns DSP stack
Big Shot:  Labels Collection Framelits
Punches: Scallop Edge punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch pack
Extras:  Pear Pizazz Seam Binding Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones

Bestofeverything blushingbride3

I have just one more pocket card to share with you tomorrow and then I am moving on, promise!  Have a great 29th of February.  Are you proposing to anyone to day?



Celebrate with Furry Folk

What a strange title for a blog post.  No, I am not going to talk about partying with hairy people though that might be interesting.  I am going to show you a card I made using the Furry Folk stamp set.  This set is not my usual style though I am not sure what my style is.   I just could not resist getting this set.  These little furry guys make me smile and I hope they make you smile too!

Furryfolk pearpizaz

Isn't the little hedgehog too cute?  I made a simple pocket with the Pear Pizazz DSP and this is what the two parts of the card look like.

Furryfolk pearpizazz 2

Here's what I used to make the card.

Stamps: Furry Folk, Create a Cupcake, On Your Birthday
Ink: Black Stazon, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, Pear Pizazz
Paper:  Pear Pizazz, WhisperWhite, Shimmery White, In Color Patterns DSP, Brights Patterns DSP
Big Shot: Labels Collection Framelits die
Punches: Scallop Edge punch, Itty Bitty Shapes pack
Ribbon: Pear Pizazz Seam Binding Ribbon
Extras: Basic Rhinestones, Aqua Painter 

If you are wondering where this cute set is hiding, go to page 89 of the main catalog.  I also looked for it in my online store and it is in the All Naturals section and not in the Growing Up section.  Now that sounds wierd, look in All Natural for Furry Folk!   I will leave you on that note.  Have a creative day and check back with me again soon!


Live in the Sunshine

I was cleaning up my craft table and found leftover bits and pieces from this card and decided to use the layout from this card and that was how today's card was made.

Concord crush lattice

I know it is a bright color so i decided that this saying was appropriate.

Concordcrush lattice wordsHere's what i used to make this card.

Stamp: Pursuit of Happiness
Ink: Concord Crush
Paper: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Brights Pattern DSP, Concord Crush, In Colors 2010-2012 Pattern DSP
Big Shot: Perfect Polka Dot TIEF, Lattice die
Punches: Boho Blossom, 1" circle punch, 3/4" circle punch, Blossoms punch
Ribbon: White Organza ribbon 

Today is a beautiful, sunny day here and I am definitely enjoying living in the sunshine!  I am going to take a break from making birthday cards and go for a long walk and soak up the sun even though it is still pretty cold outside.   See ya tomorrow and I hope you are living in the sunshine too!

Fresh Vintage Postage

Can you believe this was the first time I inked up the postage stamp image from the Fresh Vintage stamp set?! I remember when I first saw the set thinking how much fun it was going to be layering and punching out that image.   Anyway, I made 2 cards using the same layout in different colors.  I am going to share the other color combination on my Facebook page.  

Freshvintagepostage b&w

Here's what I used to make this card.

Stamps: Fresh Vintage, Heard from the Heart
Ink: Black Stazon
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Gray, Black, Brights Patterns DSP
Big Shot: Framed Tulip TIEF, Perfect Polka Dot TIEF, Beautiful Wings Embosslit
Punches: Postage Stamp , 1 " Square punch ( this is a carryover item from the Holiday mini catalog 124094.  I know because I checked to make sure)
Extras: Red Satin Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones 

Freshvintagepostage side b&w
Here's a quick recap on how to get both the polka dots and the tulip frame texture on the same project.  First run your paper in the Perfect Polka Dot TIEF  through the Big Shot on Tab 1.  Next put the paper in the Framed Tulip TIEF and run it through the Big Shot on No Tab.  The dots will smash down some but they are still visible.  It really is a fun look.  Give it a try and let me know how it works for you!  Go check out my Facebook page for another take on this card and let me know which one you like better.


Elementary Elegance Stamp Set's 8th Stamp

Are you wondering what the heck I am talking about?  Well, I think Stampin' Up! made a mistake when they made the label for the Elementary Elegance Sale-A-Bration stamp set.  The label should have read set of 8 not 7.  

Shadow stamp

Do you see the 8th stamp?  It is the shadow stamp, otherwise known as the rubber from inside of the frame.

Shadow stamp fresh vintage

Do you remember when shadow stamps were all the rage?   When I was putting together the Elementary Elegance stamp set the inside piece from the frame reminded me of an old Stampin' Up set called Little Shapes.   I think it is going to be fun to revisit some of those shadow stamp techniques.

Here's what I used to make today's card.

Stamps: Elementary Elegance, Fresh Vintage
Ink: Blushing Bride, Soft Suede
Paper: Soft Suede, Whisper White, Blushing Bride
Big Shot:  Perfect Polka Dot TIEF
Punches: 1/2" circle, Scallop Edge
Embellies: Soft Suede Tafetta ribbon, Basic Pearls 

If you already threw away the 8th stamp from the Elementary Elegance set don't worry you can always get another set  after all it is free during Sale-A-Bration with a $50 order.  

Have a Wonderful Week(end)!

I probably should have waited and posted this card on Monday then the sentiment would make more sense.  The weather forecast for the weekend  calls for  rain showers or rain/snow showers so it looks like a staying inside kind of weekend.  Definitely need some bright and cheerful colors to take my mind off the gray outside.

Concord latticeHow did I ever make a card before I had a Big Shot?  It is baffling.  I think my Big Shot is probably the tool I use the most in my stamp room.   

Supplies I used to make this card.

Stamps: Sweetly Said
Ink: Concord Crush
Paper: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight. In Color Patterns DSP stack, Brights Patterns DSP stack
Big Shot: Perfect Polka Dot TIEF (probab;y the folder I  use the most), Latttice Bigz die
Punches:   3/4" Circle, 1 " Circle, Blossom, Boho Blossoms

Concord latticce side view

Have a wonderful weekend and be sure to stamp something cute and tell me about it!


Bordering on Romance in a Frame

I was stamping  with the Bordering on Romance stamp set that is in the Occasions Mini Catalog and wondered if one of the images would fit in the Designer Frames TIEF.   Yup, it sure does.  This made me think of using this technique and the rest resulted in this card.

Bordering on romance double embossing
Sorry it is not a better picture. Here's a close up of the frame.

Bordering on romance double emboss close up
Here's what I used to make this card.

Stamps: Bordering on Romance, Tiny Tags
Ink: Black Stazon
Paper: Shimmery White, Marina Mist, Whisper White
Big Shot: Designer Frames TIEF, Elegant Bouquet TIEF
Extras: Marina Mist Grosgrain Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Watercolor Crayons, Aqua Painter 

Did you know that you can get the Designer Frames TIEF for free?  It is one of the products you can choose from and receive free when you place a $50 order during Sale-A-Bration.  You can also choose the Stripes TIEF  and combine it with the Designer Frames TIEF.  Click here to see what the two Textured Impressions Embossing Folders(TIEF)  look like combined.   If you do not have a Sale-A-Bration brochure feel free to contact me and I will get one sent to you.  Have a fabulous day!

Bordering on Romance in Black

Geez, you would think I had forgotten that I even had a blog! I am sorry to have disappeared for a few days.  We had a wonderful weekend.  It was a perfect balance of fun and taking care of some business.   Today I sat down and got some stamping done for a swap and also to get this idea out of my head and onto paper.  

Bordering on Romance on blackHere's what I used to make this card.

Stamps: Bordering on Romance , Elementary Elegance
Ink: White Craft ink, Stazon Black 
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Bashful Blue
Big Shot: Labels Collection Framelits Die
Ribbon: White Organza
Extras: Watercolor Crayons, White Embossing  Powder, Embossing Buddy, Basic Rhinestones, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Heat Gun

Have a wonderful day and let me know if you have any questions or if you need to order any stamping supplies.   



Triple Treat Flower Party Continues

I was preparing for a Card class and wanted to use the Triple Treat Flower stamp in one of the projects.   I stamped, punched, and layered a bunch of flowers in one of my favorite color combinations.  I cut a piece of DSP from the In Colors Patterns pack,  took out a roll of white Organza ribbon, and of course some rhinestones.

Here's the first card I made.

Variation 2 triple treat

Pretty simple layout and I thought it would work but how about if I moved around the flowers and grouped them together?  Something like this.

Variation 3 triple treat

I liked this one too, maybe even a little more than the first layout.  Hmmm, I made another card using a similar layout to the first card and I am posting it on my Facebook  page.  You see another item on my 12 in 12 list for February is to post to my As the Ink Dries Facebook page.  Now I can cross off another item on my list!    How am I doing on my 12 in 12 for February?  I only have 3 more items left, prettty good huh?  The problem is that the 3 items are pretty BIG items which could be why they are still on the list. 

Have a wonderful day!  

Late to the Triple Treat Flower Party

Yes, it is true I just got the a la carte stamp, Triple Treat Flower.   I am not sure why it has taken me so long to join the party.    It is a very versatile little stamp that coordinates with 3 different punches.   Kind of a no brainer for a punch lover.  Maybe it was seeing it as a Sale-A-Bration choice and knowing I could get it FREE that finally did the trick.   All I know is I am so happy it I have it.  Here's the first card I made with it.

TripleTreat random

I used one of my favorite color combinations; Island Indigo, Pool Party and Lucky Limeade.  Here are the supplies I used.

Stamps: Triple Treat Flower, Create a Cupcake
Ink: Island Indigo, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade
Paper: Whisper WHite, Island Indigo, In Color Patterns DSP stack
Punches:  5 Petal, 1/2" circle, Scallop Edge Border
Big Shot:  Elegant Bouquet
Extras: Basic Rhinestones, 5/8" White Organza ribbon

Triple treat random close

A closeup look at how the punches layer.   The large flower can be cut out with the Fancy Flower punch.  In this sample I just layered the 2 other punches on the stamped image.    I have another sample to show you tomorrow using the same supplies.  It is always fun to see the different looks you can get using the same supplies and stamps.   Hope to stamp with you soon!