I decided a few weeks ago that I wanted to become an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. After running in to my friend Sandy and seeing all of the beautiful cards that she makes I was intrigued about the products. After attending her workshop I was impressed. The quality of the stamps, inks, markers and other accessories was better than anything I had seen before. I stopped by her house and spoke to her about what joining entailed and signed up when I got home that night. I have been patiently waiting for my starter kit to arrive and after much package stalking it will be here today. I can’t wait to get it and start creating new cards with all of the great stuff. Hopefully I will be able to post something later on today. Wish me luck! And a special thanks to Sandy, for being a great and talented friend! 🙂
I made this card a while ago but I didn’t want to post it until I knew the person I sent it to had received it. I think that she reads my blog from time to time! The stamp set if from the Stampin’ Up! Summer Mini Catalog. I love all of the stamps that came with this set but I am particularly fond of the world map. There is so much detail in the stamp it’s amazing! This card is nice and simple, I used the compass stamp from the set to make a nice background paper. The card stock is a nice beep blue, fitting with the theme. The thinking of you stamp is from studio g. It had a flower on it that I did’t want but thanks to my techniques class (given by the talented Sandy!) and a stamp marker I was able to eliminate the flower and just use the part of the stamp that I wanted. I hope that you like the card as much as my friend did.
I made this card for a friend of mine and I wanted to give her time to get it before I posted it to my blog. I think she reads it so I didn’t want to ruin the surprise. The neutral colors and the vintage post card stamp give it an older feel. I found the post card stamp at AC Moore for $2.00, I love that if you look closely you can actually read the words. The background was embossed using the CuttleBug Textile Texture Embossing Folder. The stamp is from studio g, one of the many phrase stamps that I got from Michael’s. The punches are EK Tools Fleur De Lis and 1 inch Circle Punch. I hope that she liked the card as much as I enjoyed making it. 🙂
My crafty friend Melissa had a birthday party for her beautiful daughter Addison yesterday. It was originally supposed to be held on August 28th but hurricane Irene had other plans. It was a very nice backyard party with a Strawberry Shortcake theme, Addison has lots of nice red hair! Melissa did a great job with the decorations, most of which she made herself. I love working with a theme so I found a little image of Ms. Shortcake and got to it. I used the CuttleBug Preserves Embossing Folder, some EK Tools punches, Stamp from TPC Studios and a Thicker for the 1. I also made a little gift card holder that coordinates with the card using the same tools. I hope that she enjoyed the card as much as I enjoyed being part of her daughter’s special day!
My friends Neal and Stephanie were kind enough to invite me to the baby naming for their son Max. Another friend of mine Kim was also invited but couldn’t make it. She asked me if I would make a card for her too, of course I said yes. The first one is the one I gave them. I’m hooked on the dark blue and cream colors together. I used the CuttleBug Dots Embossing Folder and the tag punch and a tag stamp from the retired Stamin’ Up! set Punch Box – Terrific Tags. The celebrate stamp is from TPC Studios.
For the second card I used the CuttleBug Circles Embossing Folder and the Buttons Embossing Folder. The realistic large buttons on the card were made using the Martha Stewart Button Double Punch. The stamp is one of the great phrase stamps from studio g. The card is cute as a button just like Max!
What better way for my friend Melissa and I to spend a Thursday night than at a techniques workshop. My friend and super talented Stampin’ Up! demonstrator Sandy Mathis hosted a techniques workshop at her beautiful house tonight. We learned four different techniques; layered marker. thump with a twist, spritzing and marker to stamp. It was great to see new ways to use stamps and ink, plus spending some time with other people who enjoy the craft was a lot of fun! We made three cards that we got to take home with us. I can’t wait for next month’s class. Below are the cards we made. Please take a minute to visit Sandy’s blog and see all of the wonderful things that she makes. Thanks!
My friend Sam comes over every Saturday morning for breakfast. We use the time to catch up and I love seeing her, we have been doing it for about 2 years. Today she said to me “Oh, I need two birthday cards, one for a 30 year old and one for a two year old. Do you think you could make them for me? Sorry such late notice but I need them today!” Wow, two hours is plenty of time! LOL! So this is what I came up with. I showed her some cards that I had made previously and she picked the ones that she liked. I then tweaked them a little and this is how they came out.
It was a friend of mine’s birthday the other day. She is a fun and colorful person so I was inspired by her personality to create this card. I like the bright green and purple together, it reminds me of spring. I’m also a big fan of the Happy Birthday CuttleBug Embossing Folder. The cupcakes are a favorite of mine too because who doesn’t like a cupcake!
Quite a few of my friends had babies last year. Soon it will be time to celebrate all of the 1st birthdays. This card has a fun shapes theme. With it’s shades of pink it’s just perfect for a special little princess to celebrate turning one. The background is made using a CuttleBug folder, the cake is a stamp from TPC Studio, the punches are all from EK Success and the ribbon adds a nice touch of dimension.