Sunday, July 31, 2011

Love & Sympathy

Stampin' Up! has added so many nice, inexpensive stamp sets to the new catalog.  By switching to clear mount blocks, you can save over $4 per stamp set.  This card is made using the Love & Sympathy stamp set, page 76 of the new catalog (viewable at the top of my blog).   This is a COMPLETE stamp set - one image and two sentiments for the outside and inside.

Stampin' Up! Products
  • Rose Red cardstock
    • Card base measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
    • 3 1/4" x 4 1/2"
  • Whisper White cardstock
    • Emboss first and trim to 4" x 5 1/4"
    • Stamped image 3" x 4 1/4"
  • Old Olive and Rose Red Stampin' Write markers
  • Old Olive 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
  • Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder
  • Dimensionals
Other Products
  • Inside liner, fine quality paper 4" x 5 1/4"

Friday, July 29, 2011

Honey...Look at my new card

I showed my husband the card made in this POST.  As I placed it on the counter......this is what happened.

It wouldn't stand up!

Well, darn - this isn't good.  My husband continues to smile....................."Do you want me to show you how to keep it from falling down?"  He had a solution in a nanosecond.

What was his solution???

My husband - I think I'll keep him!!

Which card would you rather send??

Panel Card - Step Card

I saw Dawn's YouTube video this morning (HERE) and just had to try to make one myself.   Dawn calls the card a Panel Card, it is very similar to a Step Card. 
Stampin' Up! Products
  • Saga Shadow textured cardstock
    • 4 1/4" x 11"
  • Whisper White cardstock
    • Stamped image - 1 3/4" x 4"
    • Inside sentiment - 4 1/4" x 4"
  • Really Rust cardstock
    • Under stamped image - 2" x 4 1/4"
    • Two side panels - 3/4" x 4 1/4"
    • Front panel - 4" x 3/4"
  • Autumn Vine Designer Series Paper
    • Two side panels - 1/2" x 4
    • Front panel - 3 3/4" x 1/2"
  • Love & Care stamp set (front stamped images)
    • Exclusive Hostess stamp set
    • Host a $150 order and this stamp can be yours
    • Purchase $150 and this stamp can be yours
  • More Mustard, Really Rust and Sage Shadow Stampin' Write Markers
  • Inside sentiment - Love & Sympathy stamp set
Those whom we have
never really leave us.
They live on forever in our
and cast their
on our every shadow.
-Sylvana Rossetti

I have created a diagram and instruction sheet, please leave me a comment and I will email you.  If you don't leave your email address when you leave a comment, please EMAIL me personally.

Edited 7/29/11 9:15pm
Card won't stand up!!  See my solution HERE.

Thirty-Four Years

I am blessed!

This is the only good picture that we have.  Our photographer (a friend) took his glasses off and focused the camera. *big sigh*

On the positive side - our wedding party consisted of a maid of honor and best man.  The blurred pictures made it look like we had triple the number in our party.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Ms. Frugal Stamper

I am very frugal when it comes to life in general.  I love all the Stampin' Up! products and use them in my papercrafting.

When I find a good deal, that I can't pass up...I think, "hmmmm how can I use these?"  I found a box of embossed Thank You cards and probably didn't pay more than $1.50 for 25 thank you cards and envelopes.

I created these cards from my Frugal Find....

 I covered up the embossed frame and thank you sentiment with Stampin' Up! products.   And took this....
added my own personalized label (see this post) and hid the embossed impression from the inside of the card.  (shhhh...don't tell anyone)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

You might have albinism if...

Those who know me and/or have followed my blog, know that our son, Bill Adams has albinism. See my post HERE

Bill is quite the comic and he posted this on Facebook.  I knew this was blog worthy.  What a great sense of humor and if Bill thinks it is funny, so do I.

Embrace it!!

Disclaimer:  this is not Bill in this video

Personalized Labels

I make up "labels" for my card gift sets that I sell and use as gifts. I like to give the recipient the option of selecting their own sentiment. The choices of sentiments are: Thank You, Thinking of You, For You, Praying for You and Happy Birthday.

I create the sentiment, usually using the Word Window Punch and include them in the gift set. After punching out the sentiment, I apply clear adhesive tabs to the back. All the recipient has to do is select their sentiment, remove the blue liner (on the clear adhesive tab) and apply it to the card.  For an example of my choose your own sentiment gift sets, click HERE.

The problem was, how do I put instructions in the gift set without being lengthy? I created a file using Microsoft Publisher with the instructions (see example below) and using the Decorative Label Punch; I punch out an instruction label and place it inside the gift set.

I often mail a birthday card; get well or thinking of you to a friend. I leave the card unsigned and place in a label (like the one above) that says…..

This is a PIF card. PIF means Pay it
Forward. This card was intentionally
left unsigned so you can use it for your
personal use.

I have made a number of “labels” and they are so easy to create.

Would you like me to create personal labels for you that fit perfectly with the Decorative Label Punch? I will create a file and email them to you in a Adobe PDF format for $2.99 per design. All you have to do is open the file, print out the labels on a 8 1/2” x 11” piece of paper and punch out using the Decorative Label Punch. Each sheet makes twenty labels.

Another example of a label I created is:

…this is much more than a card, it’s a magnetic bookmark too!

Click on the Buy Now button and pay through Paypal. I will send you an email asking how you want to personalize your labels (once your purchase is complete).

Friday, July 8, 2011

Christmas in July Workshop - Card Kits Available

I had a request to make my Christmas Card Workshop cards available for purchase, either made or in kits. 

 The kits include the following
  • Cardstock needed to complete 3 cards each of the 5 designs
    • Card bases
    • Card layers (cut for you)
    • Punched out cardstock
  • Designer Series Paper (please note, patterned paper may vary)
  • Jewels Basic Pearls  (because of sun and heat exposure, self-adhesive pearls may need to be re-glued)
  • Ribbon
  • Envelopes
  • Instructions (Instructions will be emailed to you, you will not receive a printed copy in the mail)
Kits will not include
  • Adhesive
  • Glue Dots
  • Dimensionals
  • Stamps
  • Stamped images (Stampin' Up! does not allow the selling of stamped images)
  • Ink
  • Tools used (Mat Pack, Paper Piercing Tool, Actual Punches, Stamp-a-ma-jig)
The price for the kit is $28.00 plus actual shipping.  Please EMAIL me if you would like to purchase the kit.  If you would like to purchase just the directions and instructions, purchase information can be found HERE.

The Stampin' Up! stamp sets used in this workshop are as follows:
  • Come to Bethlehem
  • Dasher
  • Delightful Decorations
  • Lovely As a Tree
  • Teeny Tiny Wishers
  • To You and Yours
There are so many stamp sets that can be substituted for the stamp sets mentioned above.

If you want to purchase finished cards (they will be stamped), the fifteen cards, including envelopes are $35.00 (plus actual shipping).  That is less than $2.50 per card.  Please EMAIL me for more information.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Christmas Card Workshop 2011 Instructions

I had a request to create an "online" Christmas Card Workshop.  An "online" workshop is designed for those who cannot attend but would like to have instructions and measurements of the cards being made during the workshop.

I am offering instructions illustrated with the pictures of the five cards my participants will be making later this month.  The instructions are available for the nominal fee of $3.49.  You will receive by email the Adobe PDF file to download and/or print for your personal use and/or preparing for your own workshop.  To purchase the instructions by email, click on the Buy Now button at the bottom of this post. 

The Stampin' Up! stamp sets used in this workshop are as follows:
  • Come to Bethlehem
  • Dasher
  • Delightful Decorations
  • Lovely As a Tree
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes
  • To You and Yours
You don't have to use the stamp sets mentioned above, there are so many stamps that you could substitute to personalize your own cards and/or workshops.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Christmas in July Workshop

I have been asked to do another Christmas Card Workhop. It is never too early to begin making your Christmas cards. You will create three cards each of the five designs.

All you have to do is bring your adhesive, everything else included in the $28 class fee.  Reservation is required, please call or EMAIL me.

Workshop is being offered at two different times - Thursday, July 14 - 5:30pm until 8:30 or Friday, July 15 at 9:30am until 12:30