Thursday, May 21, 2015

Retro Coffee Card

Last weekend I saw a sketch post for Retro Sketches on the Facebook group, Coffee Loving Papercrafting.  I knew I had to create something with that sketch and the retiring Perfect Blend.

Here is the card I came up with.  I masked off the right side of the card with post-it masking tape, and stamped my cup 3 times with a few splatters in the background for good measure.  Then I stamped the cup again on Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Whisper White cardstock before cutting them out by hand.

All the pieces were adhered together and I popped the lid up using dimensionals.  The finishing touches were double mats with coordinating cardstock and Early Espresso Baker's Twine.  This would make a great card to give with a gift certificate to your favorite coffee spot.  ;)

Stamps: Perfect Blend (Stampin' UP!)
Ink: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake (SU)
Paper: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Whisper White (SU)
Accessories: Eearly Espresso Bakers Twine, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Circle Framelits (SU)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


The new challenge is up at StampNation and it is an Either/Or game.  We had to chose one item from each category and couldn't use the other on our cards.  I chose Rectangle-Enamel Dots-Embossing-Silver for my card.  Can you spot which one is mine from the Design Team collage?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

My Retiring Favorites - Blooming With Kindness

This morning I finally sat down and pulled out all my Stampin' UP! products that will be retiring soon.  The list is long.  I have 30 stamp sets, 20 punches, and half a dozen Framelits that are being retired, not to mention embossing folders and ribbon.  Normally this makes me so sad, but I am in purging mode, so it is a little bit exciting to clear off some shelf space.

Blooming With Kindness

Still, there are a few items that I am super sad to see go.  I may just hold on to some of them.  I keep a shelf of retired stamps in my stamp room.  It's up high, and I'm short, so I don't go to it often, but they are there if I need them.  Every year I am able to let a couple go so that I can put a couple more up there.   Here is one that I will be holding onto for at least a year because I love the scripted sentiments in Blooming With Kindness.

One of my favorite designs for this stamp set is making a stack of notecards.  They make great gifts.  I get bored easily with repetitive stamping, so I can change each card just a little bit to  make my stamping time enjoyable.  Can you spot the differences?

Can you spot the differences?  I cut all my layers the same to make the process go quickly.  With one exception.  There was one card that I double mounted.

Do you have any favorites that are retiring?  Clicky to check out the full list.  I'll be going through my retiring stamps and trying to use my favorites for the rest of the month before they are gone.  

Here are just a few of mine, in no particular order.
From My Heart
Apothecary Art
Modern Label Punch
Modern Label Punch
Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die
Beautiful Wings Embosslits

Stamps: Blooming With Kindness (Retiring)
Ink: Coastal Cabana , Crisp Canteloupe, Strawberry Slush (Retiring), Wisteria Wonder, Black (Memento); London Fog (Memento)
Paper: Whisper White, White Notecards + Cardstock to match ink colors
Accessories: 1 3/8" Circle, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch

Monday, May 18, 2015

Sending Good Thoughts + Spotlight Stamping

A couple of weeks ago I received this sweet card on the left from my friend, Kristie, for my birthday.  Immediately I knew I had to CASE it.

Her family recently moved to a new a state, so I thought it would be fun to use the arrow punch and turn it upside down to look like a house.

It is such a simple technique with a great impact.  Thank you, Kristie!  I cherish you even more than your card.  <3

Stamps: Perfect Pennants (Stampin' UP!)
Ink: Bermuda Bay (SU), Black (Staz-On)
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White (SU)
Accessories: Banner Framelits, What's Up Punch (SU); Twine (Doodlebug)

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sew Saturday + Cards

I haven't had much time in my sewing room this week, except for doing some ironing, and fabric pulling, so I don't have any new sewing pictures to share with you.  BUT, I do have some cards.  :)  

My quilt guild (SSMQG) asked me to make a few thank you cards for them to give out.  It was perfect timing because I just got this new Notions stamp set from Waffle Flower.  If you love to sew and make cards, this stamp set will be right up your alley.  I've made 8 card already using this stamp.  :)  I'll be sharing them on my blog over the next couple of weeks.  Subscribe to my blog to have posts emailed to you if you don't want to miss them.

 I get bored pretty easily with repetitive card making, so I like to make little changes to each card.  Can you spot the differences in the 3 cards I made above?

To make this card I stamped the sewing machine, then used a piece of post-it note masking tape to mask off the right side of my card.  Then, I began filling in the right side of my card  using different stamps from the stamp set.  I varied the colors of ink for the spools of thread and the buttons.  When I was happy with the coverage of "notions" I lightly sponged on some soft color so the line would be clearly marked.  The last step was to add my sentiment.

I've been using the masking technique on my cards all week.  Clicky here and here if you want to see more examples.  If you ever want to see a video on how I made any of my cards, just leave me a comment letting me know.

Stamps: Notions (Waffle Flower)
Ink: Aqua Mist (Paper Trey Ink); Berrylicious (My Favorite Things); Green Apple, Slate (Simon Says Stamp); London Fog, Tuxedo Black (Memento); Bermuda Bay, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise (Stampin' UP!); Black Onyx (Versafine); Vesamark
Paper: Marshmallow (Bazzil)
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder (SU); Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder (Ranger)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Small Stamp Background with Waffle Flower and Simon Says Stamp

What draws you to a stamp set?  For me it is the font/sentiment 90% of the time.  First I notice the script, then what is being said and if they use 2 or more fonts in one sentiment I am sold!  I'm also drawn to cute little images that come in these sets, but don't always know what to do with them.

That problem has now been solved for me.  I've been playing with my new stamps from Waffle Flower and discovered that it is FUN to create my own patterned paper.  (See Wednesday's post for another example)  I can get just the colors I need for any project and feel like I have used the entire stamp set.

Here's my first attempt at masking using a stitched rectangle die.  When I peeled up the mask I discovered that ink had bled through the stitching holes.  DOH!  I tried adding black lines to frame the sentiment and hide the boo-boo, but the lines aren't even and it bugged me.  I tried the technique again, but used masking tape to cover up the holes.  This worked perfectly.


On my card today I knew the design I wanted, but wasn't sure what colors to use until I saw the new challenge up at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.   The challenges is using my favorite color pallet from one of their releases.  I knew I had to play along.  My plan was to use the cupcake from the SSS Cupcake Party stamp set (clicky) and stamp the little flower from my card above, but when I got to the stamp room a different card came out.  Sometimes that happens.  I still want to try stamping the little bloom on the cupcake liner.   Perhaps I should head back to the stamp room and play some more.  It is almost the weekend, afterall.

Special Note: Waffle Flower is sponsoring StampNation this week with a $50 gift certificate going to one lucky stamper who enters the challenge.
Stamps: In Every Way, Notions (Waffle Flower)
Paper: Marshmallow (Bazzil)
Accessories: Stitched Mat Duo 2 (Pretty Pink Posh)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Waffle Flower Comes to StampNation

I just love sponsor week at StampNation.  Once a month we bring in a stamp company and introduce them to the members of StampNation.  They offer up a prize for one of our members who plays along with that week's challenge and the design team gets to play with new product.  It constantly amazes me how many wonderful stamp companies are out there.  My horizons have broadened as my stamp room seems to have shrunk. ;)

This week our sponsor is Waffle Flower Stamps.  I had way too much fun with my new stamps.  I made at least half a dozen cards and I can't wait to show them all to you over the next week.  First up is this card using the photo inspiration at StampNation as my Muse.

Since I had the stamps and ink out, I decided to go ahead and stamp the envelope too.

For my exclusive card for StampNation I used the Misti to stamp my die cut images.  I love when stamp sets come with matching dies!!!  The paper wrap for my boquet was die cut out of a paper bag.  It gives it a soft texture and was super easy to line up and cut through.  I also used some of the twine that came in my packaging to tie a bow around my bouquet.

I can only show you a sneak peek here on my blog, but you can see the rest of my card along with all the design team members creations at StampNation.

Clicky if you are a member to go there now.

Not yet a member?  Clicky to see a video giving you an inside look into this incredible online community.

That's 2 cards down.  Be sure to come back on Friday to see more from Waffle Flower Stamps.

Stamps: A Bunch (Waffle Flower)
Ink: Crisp Canteloupe, Daffodil Delight, Strawberry Slush, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Wild Wasabi (SU)   
Paper: Marshmallow (Bazzil) 
Accessories: A Bunch Dies (Waffle Flower)

Monday, May 11, 2015

Stitched Ribbon Banner for Stampin' Celebration

The colors in the new inspiration photo for the Stampin' Celebration Challenge are so bright and colorful.


They truly are happy colors and I wanted to capture that in my card.  To make my card I added Fast Fuse to a piece of Whisper White Cardstock.  Next I added strips of ribbon, on an angle, to the Fast Fuse and cut it out using my Big Shot with one of the Banner Framelits Dies.

To stitch it all together I took my panel to my sewing machine and played with one of my new decorative stitches.

Sidenote- my new sewing machine allows me to change both the length and the width separately.  I had fun playing with the different settings on just this one stitch.   Just imagine what fun I will have when I finally get the time to take the classes offered for my machine.  :)

Stamps: Hi There (Stampin' UP!)
Ink: Pacific Point (SU)
Paper: Whisper White (SU)
Accessories: Banners Framelits, Ribbon-Retired (SU); Sewing Machine

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sew Sunday + Pillowcases

Last week was our quilt guild's 2nd Birthday/Anniversary.  What do you call it when a guild reaches its 2 year mark?  Whatever you call it, it was a blast!  There are so many reasons I am proud of our guild.  Most especially because our focus is on giving to others, learning & growing in our quilting and encouraging one another no matter where we are on our quilt journey.

One of the things I truly love about our guild is the opportunity for charity work. We always have something we are working on to give back to our community.  This month it was pillowcases.  We are donating these pillowcases to the pediatric unit of a local hospital.  I've never made pillowcases before so I headed to youtube to learn how.

There are several great ones out there, including this one.  Not only was this my first time making pillowcases, but I think it was also the first time I made a French Seam. It's so much easier than I thought it would be, and I love the results.  I'll have to try adding it to some of the bags I want to make.

It was so much fun to pull out fabric that I had in my stash from some PJs I had made for my boys when they were little.   I also hit the bright fabric aisle of my local quilt store and picked out some bright pieces.  These pillowcases are the first things I've sewn on my new sewing machine and I had sew much fun!  No wonder people like quilting with bright fabric.  It just makes us happy.

At the meeting I got back my Art's Walk quilt.  I think I'm going to make a matching pillowcase before I donate it.   At the meeting we also did a low volume charm swap.  Who knew low volume could be sew exciting?  We are doing sprout blocks for our next charity quilt as a guild and I'm looking forward to digging into my new bundle of fabric.

There has been no progress on my A Lovely Year of Finishes goal.  This past week has been too busy for any sewing.  :(   Thankfully, this week is going to be much less hectic...hopefully.  :)  My plan this afternoon is to spend some time sewing and finding out how to FMQ on my new machine.  Hope you are all having a wonderful Mother's Day and spending time with your family or your sewing machine.  <3

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all of you.