Friday, February 26, 2010

Easter Chick punch art card

Hey, everyone!!

I've been waiting to make this card for a week now, but I had to get some yellow feathers first!! If I'd had a yellow feather duster, I would have plucked a few and made it immediately!! I finally sat down and made it this morning.

I really like how it turned out. Except you can't see the edge of the punched grass, cuz' this guy's feathers are just too fluffy--LOL! But it was a surprisingly easy card to make.

I didn't make a video today because I have a lot to do today :) My son is coming home from college for spring break. He'll be here for the next 10 days. I probably won't make any videos during that time. But I'll probably still make it up into my stamp room here and there. When I do, I'll post pictures of what I make :)

If you want a video for this card, let me know and I'll film it after spring break.

Until then, here is what I used.
PUNCHES- wide oval, scallop edge (for grass), modern label, word window, Heart to Heart (beak) punch
Other tools: Scallop Circle Die, and 4" circle
Cardstock: Whisper White, Green Galore, Orchid Opulence, Yoyo Yellow, Only Orange, Pretty In Pink

Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

What to do with ribbon scraps!

Hey, everyone!!

A while ago, I saw on Michelle Wooderson's blog a neat idea for making ribbon strips to use up ribbon scraps. Today, I finally decided to give it a try. In the video, I used a rotary cutter, because that was what Michelle had used. But I was pleased to discover the the Stampin UP craft scissors had no trouble cutting through the layers of cardstock, sticky tape and ribbon. In the video, I show you both methods, so don't freak out when you see me with the rotary cutter and start thinking that you'll never be able to make ribbon strips. I show you the scissor method right afterwards. If you have SU paper and craft scissors you'll have no problem at all.

So, whatever you do---don't throw out those ribbon scraps!!

I had to edit down this video too! I don't know what is with that!!

Part of what I edited out was blooper worthy! Someday I'll collect all those and post a blooper video. Also, at the beginning of this video, I say I'm going to make an Easter card. Well, it ended up being just a general card.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Thank Goodness For Punches!!!

Punches have saved me on more than one stamping occassion. They got me through several baby showers when I didn't own a baby stamp set!! And today they helped me create a St. Patrick's Day card without a St. Patrick's Day stamp set. Now, using the hearts to make a shamrock isn't my creation. I've been it around on blogs for a couple of years. It was filed away in my brain for a day like today!

Now, making my own colored glitter might be my own creation, I some other stamper has thought about this by now, I'm sure??? I dunno. I was originally going for a mixture of different green glitters, but as you'll see in the video I accidentally dropped TWO drops of reinker instead of one into my glitter--so it all ended up the same color. Anyway, it still worked out great.

I had to cut over 3 minutes from the video, so you might notice some chopiness. I hope you stil enjoy it :)


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Vintage Vogue Cracked Glass

I decided to do the Vintage Vogue and the cracked glass technique together. I hadn't done this technique since last summer with the 24-7 stampset. It's a fun technique.

When you crack your "glass" you can get different results. The colder your paper and the quicker you crack your glass, the deeper the crackers. The warmer your paper and the slower you crack, the more subtle the cracks. Error on the side of being subtle. You can always stick it back in the freezer and recrack it. If I had to do it over again, I would have gone slowly and allowed the card to warm up a bit. (It had been in the freezer for a while because I got sidetracked on the computer).

In the video I do 4 coats of Versamark and Glassy Glaze embossing powder, but you can probably do 2-3 if you get good coverage. You want your embossing to create a shiny smooth surface without dimples. Also, I say to keep the card in the freezer for 20-30 minutes. 15-20 will probably do you. My card was curled up it was sooo cold--LOL!!

Hope you enjoy the video.

ETA: Oh boy!! I edited this video twice and both times have made a mess of it. Thank you, anonymous, for letting me know that the embossing part got cut from the video. I apologize to everyone for that. I'm editing it again and putting it up on youtube when I'm through :).

Monday, February 22, 2010

Vintage Vogue Flower Layers

These are two cards I made this morning. I made the distressed one first. My daughter thought it looked too dirty. So, I decided to go back to my stampin table and see what I could do with some brighter colors and without the distressed look. And todays video is what I came up with. My daughter likes this new one better. I still like my distressed one best :) Different styles for different people, I guess! I hope you enjoy the video!!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

MIA this weekend

I will be back Monday with a new stamping video. I'm enjoying the weekend with family and friends. And it's a beautiful day here--sun shiny and warm. I hope you enjoy your weekend!!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Chalkboard Technique with Vintage Vogue

I love the chalkboard technique. You can see in my history where I used it with the set Inspired by Nature. I think it turned out great with the Vintage Vogue stamp set too! It's much more stunning in person. I wish you could see it in real life! My daughter even liked this card!!

Here is how you do this technique.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

With All My Heart sponged card

This is a quick, simple and economical card that's fun to make. All you need is cardstock, ink, and the With All My Heart stamp set and a sponge.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Embossed Ribbon

I've been hearing about embossed ribbon and I finally decided to give it a try. It's so simple and definitely has a WOW! effect!!! I will for sure be using this technique a lot!

I wanted to break out the set Three Little Words which I got for free for Sale-a-bration. I've been admiring this set since it came out and I'm so glad I got it. I didn't do anything fancy with it today--just a simple 5 minutes and you're out the door card.

I wanted something simple today and this fit the bill!

Monday, February 15, 2010

It's that time of year again!

Hey everyone! I had to take a small break so I could finish our taxes and our FAFSA (for student aid for ds who is in college). Anyway, I finished it all today, but I'm worn out!! I'll be back to normal tomorrow and will post a video. Thanks for checking my blog!!


Friday, February 12, 2010

Easter Egg Card

Hey everyone!

If you decide to make today's project, you're going to love it. These Easter eggs are so much fun to make. This would make a great card to do with the kids too. Your eggs can be as simple or as complex as you'd like. Today I used cardstock, designer series paper and different embellishments. You could also do techniques like the Shaving Cream technique (you can check out my video tutorial (non easter)for that from last year). Anyway, I'm be making more egg cards this weekend and they'll be up in my Etsy shop. And I'll post them on my blog too, so you can see if there's anything you'd like to copy.

I hope you enjoy these.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Valentine's Day card using a paper doilie

Hey, everyone! I've been wanting to play with paper doilies for Valentine's Day, but time has been getting away from me. Today I finally sat down and made a card with a doilie. I think doilies are fun!! I tried punching the doilie, but didn't get clean cuts. So, I skipped the punches, but I think if I get time before Valentine's Day, I'll have to try cutting the doilies with our Big Shot dies and see what I can make with them. If you decide to make something with a doilie, I'd love to see it!! You can email me at

How do you like those next pictures? It's what my video taping table looks like after I've made something!! The good news is that this fall we redid my stamping room and now everything has a place. So, it only took 5 minutes to clean up!! That's a good thing!! :)

Well, here is a video of me making the card. Please excuse my sniffles, my allergies started acting up today right before filming this video. If I had to wait until everything was perfect, nothing would get done! So, I went ahead and filmed, but I didn't realize how bad I sounded!! Bear with me!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Monkey Swinging From Vine Birthday Card

Two variations of the same card. The first one is super easy. And Economical and quick--all important when mass producing something. The second one adds more layers (1/4" was removed from all four sides of the first card, and then it was adhered to a 4 x 5.25" chocolate chip cardstock) and also some dimension with the pop up monkey face (monkey was stamped in chocolate chip on creamy caramel cardstock and then cut out). If you have noticable sponging in the monkey face, this is a good solution for fixing it.

Here's a video for how to create the first card.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Nature's Nest masculine birthday card

This is a birthday card I made with the Nature's Nest set. I love this set!! I'm partial to nature stamps anyway. Unfortunately, I haven't had played with this set enough. I hope you don't mind that I took a break from the Occassions mini catalog to play with this set. I just love it!!

Here is a video tutorial for how to make this card. It's a bit choppy because I had to edit 4 min 30 seconds out of the video. Anyway, I hope this helps you figure out how to copy my card.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Free Card Kit with $50 online purchase

Hey, everyone!

I want to show you the cards we made at my recent class. I really love the purple and green combos!!! For my cyber friends and customers, I want to share these with you too :) I'll mail you precut materials (and an exclusive tutorial video for these cards) with a $50 online purchase. You'll supply the inks and stamps.

Also, I wanted to share this great tutorial by Stampin UP for using the new corner and border punches!!

I will also be posting later this afternoon with information on the explosion box kits.


Fun with Paper Flowers

Hey everyone!!

I hope your week has been going well. It's been busy here!! And rainy! It's been hard to get good lighting for filming in my stamp room, but I went ahead today and filmed a tutorial for paper flowers. I hope you can see okay! They're really fun to make! I'd love to see your creations, variations. Send me an email at with pictures if you'd like to share :)

If you'd like to copy my card, you'll need the following items:

Chocolate Chip Cardstock
Very Vanilla Cardstock
With All My Heart stampset
Chocolate Chip satin ribbon
Extra Fancy Jumbo Flower punch
Close to Cocoa Classic inkpad
Chocolate Chip Classic inkpad
Shades of Spring Designer Series paper

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Mother's Day Card with paper flowers

Here is a simple little card for Mother's Day.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Do you know what today is?

It's Ground Hog's Day!!! And it also is my daughter's birthday!! She used to be upset that her birthday was Ground Hog's Day. She doesn't care anymore, but when she was little, she did! LOL! Of course, her grandpa loved to get her going--he would call her on her birthday when she was about 3 and ask her if she knew what day it was--Ground Hog's Day; she'd vehemently tell him, "No, it's MY birthday!!" LOL!

Well, today is my daughter's 17th birthday. So, I got up early (for me :) this morning and made her a card. I brought you on the journey :) I'm editing the video now and will post it later :)