Pals Paper Arts 112

This weeks challenge was to use lace. I am not a lacy kind of guy but I do have the Martha Stewart Crafts Doily Lace Trim Deep Edge Punch from EK Tools which I thought was perfect for this. The stamp is from the Stampin’ Up! Simply Soft Stamp Set. I colored in the leaves with a colored pencil. The Stampin’ Up! For All You Do Set provided the thank you. I love the color combination of red, beige and ivory. Thanks for looking!

Today’s the Day!

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! 🙂

Nautical Thinking of You

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.

Some More Flowers

It was my Birthday last week and while I love getting cards (like the beautiful one from my friend Sandy!) I love making them and sending them out even more. I sent out some thank you cards to friends and family but I had to make a special simple card for my grandmother. She’s in her 90’s and lives in Pennsylvania. I’ll always remember all of the flowers that she used to plant in her garden every spring. There was every kind imaginable. She doesn’t get to do that anymore so I thought she might like some on her card. I used the Polka Dots Embossing Folder from CuttleBug for the background. The stamp is from the Stampin’ Up! retired Terrific Tags set along with the Tag Punch. I used EK Tools Flower and Retro Flower Two Piece Punch set to punch out the flowers and the GingerBread Man Builder Punch to punch out the centers for the flowers. A little bit of jute string finishes off the tag.

Celebration Maple Leaf

The cooler temperatures are making me think of warm clothes, hot chocolate and falling leaves which makes me think of the EK Tools Maple Leaf Layering Punch. It creates a very nice dimensional effect with minimal effort. I used my “new” retired host(ess) Stampin’ Up! set Afterthoughts for the greeting. I got it from Etsy from this really nice lady that included all kinds of presents with it. I love it when you buy something on-line and you think I’d be friends with that person because they were so great! I also used the Tim Holtz Tree Trunk Embossing Folder by Sizzix for a nice additional texture. They would make great invitations to a Thanksgiving celebration or a fall apple picking outing!

Baby Naming

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!

Techniques Workshop

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!