Monday, February 28, 2011
Happy rainy Monday morning to you all!
I'm here to entertain you with 3 more KISS (Keep it Simple, Stamper!) cards from my All Occasions 10 card class. You can imagine that if you want to get 10 different cards and envelopes done in about 2 hours, that they need to be fairly simple to make... while still looking good. Hopefully we accomplished that with these!
This card uses one of my favourite new sets: Morning Cup. Goodness knows I'm sitting here blogging this morning with a fresh cup of Van Houtte's Pecan Praline coffee, as I do so love my java.
If the patterned paper I used isn't too familiar to you, it's the Elegant Soiree Designer Series Paper. It coordinates with the colours Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla and Basic Gray. It also coordinates with the Always Elegant stamp set, Elegance Stampin' Around wheel and the Elegant Lines Textured Impressions embossing folder.
I got the basic concept and colour scheme from a swap card that had NO NAME on it! Boo hoo..... I'm not sure who to share the credit with. If it's yours, please let me know.
For this card, I pulled out 2 older faves of mine: Fifth Avenue Floral and Oval All.
Our colour combo this time around was Tangerine Tango, Pear Pizzazz and Crumb Cake. And yes, once again I'm using the new 1/2" seam binding ribbon, because it's just so darned pretty and easy to work with.
If you think you'd like to get your hands on all the colours of it that are available, you're in luck! I'll be hosting a seam binding ribbon share in March so contact me if you would be interested in participating (Canadians only, please).
And here is our final card of the day, using both the You're a Gem set and then the crown from Artistic Etchings.
I saw a gorgeous card from Julie Stayrook that paired the crown with the Queen sentiment like that, and loved the idea.
Because I'm all about the bling, not only did there have to be rhinestone's on it like in Julie's example, I went one step further. I pulled out the Red Glimmer paper that I used for Valentines and things and added accents to the card.
This paper ROCKS! You can easily cut in, punch through it, and certainly run it through the Big Shot as well.
I want to give a big shout out to Michelle D. who recently joined my team as our latest "Canadians, INK!" member. Michelle took advantage of the fabulous Starter Kit sale during Sale-A-Bration, so not only did she get her kit for 15% off its regular price, she also gets a special bonus bundle worth $60 in product. Welcome to the family, Michelle!
Last but never least, a super duper heartfelt shout of congratulations to my "big sis" Christyne who just promoted to Senior Consultant. That's a great accomplishment & I'm super excited to watch you continue to grow and lead your team of "Canadian Blossoms" into their stamping future. If you ever need a demonstrator in the Mississauga area, she's your go-to gal. :)
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Here are a few more cards my stampers have been making at my "All Occasions 10 Card class". Let me know in the comments section which are your favourites, from either today or yesterday's cards.
Using the tree and leaves from the "Season of Friendship" set, I stuck to a Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Crumb Cake and Certainly Celery colour combination.
This pretty card relies heavily on the added embellishment of a few Flower Brads from the Subtles Collection to give it that extra "oomphh".
And did you notice the pretty sparkles? That was just the addition of the self-adhesive Rhinestone Jewels to the centres of the flowers.
The "grass" area was just cut free-hand from the striped Certainly Celery Designer paper from the Subtles colour Stack.
This was inspired from a Leadership swap card I received in Nashville last month, from demonstrator Heather Casey of Cabot, PA.
It uses the unusual but striking combination of the new In Color Poppy Parade and the returning Baja Breeze.
And I'm ashamed to say that this is the first time I've ever used my Happy Together stamp set, even through I love the little birdies so much. It was one of the free award stamp sets I received last year maybe? maybe the year before? I'm not sure, but as soon as I saw this card idea I just had to pull it off the shelf to play with. Too many stamps, too little time....NOT! No such thing as too many stamps, right? :)
The scallop square punched pieces were raised off the front using Stampin' Dimensionals, and I added a glimmer brad to the centre of the flower image. Oh yes, and I ran a strip of Baja Breeze through the Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch for an added accent.
Final card for today was deceptively easy, letting the Big Shot machine and 2 different dies do all the hard work for us.
Pumpkin Pie and Very Vanilla go so well together (yum!) and I used the Elegant Lines embossing folder as the main layer.
The trio of butterflies were simultaneously embossed and die-cut using the Beautiful Wings Embosslits die. The die size is 2-1/4" x 2-1/2" so it makes great little pieces to add to your projects. With a few Rhinestone Jewels to jazz it all up, stamp your sentiment and you're all done!
I'll be presenting this class Monday afternoon again and there are 2 spots left if you are interested in attending. Just send me an email and I'll be sure there are enough supplies for you to join in!
Saturday, February 26, 2011
"Keep It Simple, Stamper" --- that's what KISS stands for in the cardmaking community :)
So today I'm going to feature a couple of pretty simple but fun cards, all of which we made today at the All Occasions 10 card class. (FYI...spots still open for Monday at 1pm... PLMK if you want to come!)
The first one is the perfect card to give to a little boy, whether it's for his birthday or any other special occasion. It uses the Everything Nice set of word stamps, in a simple combination of white, Pacific Point and Bashful Blue.
The images are from All in the Family, a set of 28 little cuties that you can often mix & match to create the perfect person. Ahhhh.. if only it were that easy.
The papers down the side are just 1" strips from the Brights Designer paper stack, again in the same Pacific Point colour.
We embellished it quickly with a White Gel pen, a 1/2" library clip & some Stampin' Dimensionals to give it a lift.
Card #2 uses the new Thanks for Caring set for its sentiment and Just Believe for the leaves. No one wants to scramble to come up with a sympathy card at the last minute, so here's a simple but effective design for you to copy.
The colour combo is of Concord Crush & Pear Pizzazz, both from the 2010/11 "In Colour" line. The purple layer was embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper folder through the Big Shot, and I added mini Pearl Jewels to the leaves.
Our 3rd card today uses the new Easter Blossoms set from the Occasions mini catalogue. I went with a Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip and Pear Pizzazz combo - light and fresh for spring.
I'm often asked by my stamping gals where my inspiration comes from. I'm the first to say that I am not particularly creative and I CASE from everyone! Swap cards, blogs, Splitcoaststampers, Stampin' Connection...these are all my go-to places to check out new ideas, colour combos, techniques and more.
For example, this last card I showed you was inspired by a beautiful birthday card that my friend & downline Dianne Haist shared with me. You can see the similarities and the differences below, as her card uses different sets, ribbon, paper and a lighter pink for the base. But her card gave me the basic design concept for mine, so this time the credit goes to you, Dianne!
Friday, February 25, 2011
Grrrrrr..... don't you just hate when you grab your camera to take some pictures of cards, and then realize hours later when you go to use it that your little monsters have taken the batteries out to use with their Wii remotes????
Well, *I* sure didn't enjoy it yesterday, that's for sure!
Anyhow, it's a day later but still too cute not to show: my pink bling card from Wednesday & Thursday's "Bring On the Wow" class.
I had a great reception from all my class attendees about these special cards that required a bit more time and detail. I'm excited to have added this new monthly class to my schedule and now I'm already plotting the next ones to come up with!
I first saw this idea from stamper Jen Timko's card and of course I just had to muck about with it a bit and make it my own. Did you like how I added the itty bitty rhinestone jewels to the scrunched ribbon? Yum!
I used the Vintage Vogue stamp set and the matching jumbo wheel Very Vintage in a Pretty in Pink, Basic Gray and Whisper White colour scheme.
If you don't want to miss out on next month's "Bring on the Wow" card classes, they will be be held on Wednesday March 23 at 1pm & 7pm, and Thursday the 24th at 1pm. New cards each month!
Cost is $25 ($20 for demonstrators) and INCLUDES a special free product give-away of pink ribbon.
SAB won't be quite over yet, so it'll be your last chance to take advantage of the free goodies being given away. If you place a $60 order with me that day, not only will you get your class FREE, but you'll also receive a free Sale-A-Bration item of your choice.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
One thing I've always enjoyed showing my customers is how to make fun and (relatively) easy cards, so they can quickly put together a wonderful project that makes both themselves and the recipient feel great.
But there are times when only an EXTRA-SPECIAL card will do... you know, the ones that you need to cut out a zillion pieces for or take that much longer to complete.
And *THAT* is exactly what I'll be offering at my monthly "Bring On the Wow" classes.
Cost for this Wednesday or Thursday's class is $25 ($20 for demonstrators) and INCLUDES a special free product give-away.
If you place a $60 order with me that day, not only will you get your class FREE, but you'll also receive a free Sale-A-Bration item of your choice.
There are both 1pm and 7pm spots available for Wednesday, and 1pm for Thursday, so RSVP and I'll save you a chair!