Thursday, April 30, 2009

Summer Bloom

From Adriel:

I made this card awhile back and submitted it to a card magazine. I think I've given them enough time to get back to me about it... so now I'm going to share it with you! =)

I don't know how I came up with this color combo, but I love it! SU! colors: Taken with Teal, Cameo Coral, Old Olive, Whisper White. The theme I was submitting for was summer flowers, so hence, the bloom. I used my scallop circle punch in a couple of different ways and layering to create the bloom. I broke into our new textured cardstock for this card!! I love the little bit of "extra" that textured paper adds. =)

Anyway, I had fun and enjoyed myself while making this card and wanted to share. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by! We enjoy all your comments and the time you take to leave them. =)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Color Inspiration Challenge #50

From Adriel:

Kristina Werner is having her 50th Color Inspiration challenge this week! She's giving away some nice prizes for her 50th. I HAD to play along!! I don't participate very often and thought the 50th deserved my attention. =)

I had a BLAST with this color combo! The SU! colors I chose to work with: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Summer Sun, and Tempting Turquoise. I enjoy doing these color combos because they stretch my creativity and get me out of my comfort zone. These challenges do exactly what they're supposed to do: INSPIRE! So, thank you, Kristina, for another inspiring challenge!

BTW, got the idea for the vase from Mary. Cute idea! Also, I used my new Big Shot for the "hi"!=)

Welcome Baby

From Heidi...A friend of ours had a new little baby a few weeks ago, so I got out my hostess set "Punches Three" for this cute baby card. Thanks again for looking!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

A Pocket Photo Brag Book

From Heidi...One of the ladies that came to our SAS last month generously shared this Pocket Card pattern with me, and I really enjoyed creating this little book based on the pattern. Thank you, Susan! I changed the dimensions a little, so that I could include a gift card holder in one of the pockets. The basic pattern dimensions are: 5-1/4" x 10-1/4", scored at 4, 8, 8-1/4". My finished dimensions are 4-1/8"x5-1/4" and fits inside an A2 envelope.
Instead of using an envelope for the inside pockets, I made my own using DS paper. I created this as a Mother's Day Photo Brag-Gift Card Holder Book (whew! that's a mouthful). I printed the inside greeting and then snailed it into the inside flap of the card. This would make a great gift for someone...with little pictures included in the photo card envelope and then a gift card in the other envelope. What a fun project! This will be a fun thing to do at one of our Stamp Club/Project Classes. Thanks for looking.
Cardstock and Ink: Pacific Point, Barely Banana, Rose Red, Old Olive, Whisper White, Basic Black
DS paper
Stamp Set: Little Pieces; Seeing Spots; Yummy; All Scallops (I also used a non-SU acrylic stamp set for the belly band)
Accessories: Punches - Scallop Edge, Tab, various circle punches; Old Olive ribbon, rivets, brad

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Flower Pot Card

From Adriel:

Is this a cute card or what?!?! I've seen some samples of these cards on SplitCoastStampers recently and found an awesome tutorial on how to make this card on Stephanie Luman's blog. You can find the tutorial by clicking HERE. The flowers slide out to reveal a place to write some thoughts on.
I don't have the sizzix dies that the tutorial calls for, so I made my own flowers with punches. I also wanted my card to stand up on it's own, so I attached a little "stand" to the back and I like it better that way. It was a little tricky making sure the whole thing fit in an A2 size envelope, but what I did was I laid the card on top of the envelope while attaching the flowers to make sure I got the flowers right where they needed to be. That worked well for me. Anyway, this was my first attempt at this card and wanted to share with you all because I think it is so clever!
Have a great weekend! =)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

New Mother's Day Card

From Heidi...
Here's a new Mother's Day card using the Fifth Avenue Floral Stampset and paper piecing. I love the soft grey and Barely Banana together. I used a blue accent and sponged Creamy Caramel around the edges to give it a Victorian and vintage look. The pearl embellishments give it an antique look, as well. Thanks for looking!Add Image

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

An Accidental Discovery

From Adriel:

I made a couple of these cards a couple of weeks ago. In the process, I accidentally dropped my stamp pad right on top of one of the cards!! EEEK! I was about to scrap it, but then I thought about "dropping" the stamp pad deliberately and controlled all around the edges. Hmm... what did I have to lose? The card was already "ruined". So, I deliberately laid the stamp pad right on top of the card at different angles and also used the stamp pad directly on the edges to distress them. Anyway, I love how this card turned out with a grunge flavor hand-in-hand with the victorian look. Sometimes accidents give birth to new and fresh ideas! I'll be listing this card soon in our Etsy shop! =)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Newest Coupon Holder

From Heidi...
I thought this would be a fun project to share for a Monday. Maybe it will inspire you to create something fun this week. This is one of our newest coupon holders that we made last week. I love how the paper coordinates together. These paper designs are from Stampin' Up's DS Bella Rose paper. Have a great Monday!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

We're in a Treasury

We just thought we'd quickly share the Etsy treasury we're in this weekend. Audrey from AudreysCountryCrafts included a set of our gift tags in her birthday treasury. Thanks, Audrey!!

Couldn't get a screen shot, so you'll just have to click HERE! =)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Same Layout-Last Birthday Card

From Heidi...Okay...Here's the last card I made using the same layout as the previous 2. Again, I used different DP, stampset and color scheme and it looks completely different from the other 2, except for the layout. This is a great way to make a bunch of cards to have on hand...spoken from someone who hasn't any cards on hand. But it IS a great idea and a goal I'll have to work towards.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Date Books AKA Birthday Calendars

From Adriel:

How many times has this happened to you? You forgot your grandpa's birthday, or you have to hustle to the store the day of a good friend's birthday or your own anniversary snuck up on you (and you're empty-handed!). Do any of these scenarios (or even all!) sound familiar?

You're not alone! I have done all of the above... and more!! It's terrible... I feel terrible when I do it. I've tried keeping the special dates written down on my wall calendar, but when I get my new calendar for the new year, I forget to transfer the dates. Aghhh!

There's hope for people like me! Yay! =)

These organizers fit nicely into a medium-size handbag or purse, so you can take it along with you! There are lists for each month and also gift lists for keeping track of ideas. There are two small pockets for gift receipts and gift cards. And the nice thing... you don't have to transfer those special dates when you get a new calendar. They're all in this wonderful organizer, written down, never to be forgotten again (we hope! LOL!). More pictures and details about these organizers can be found by visiting HERE and HERE!

The question is why didn't I start using one of these A LONG time ago?!?! I am still getting in the habit of using mine. I don't consider myself to be very old (yet), but I guess even average-aged dogs have a hard time learning new tricks. Writing this post is even reminding me to get mine out and bring it up to date and make sure I've got my dates down. I'm hoping that next year I won't forget my grandpa's birthday... ;-)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Same Layout-Different Birthday Card

From Heidi...This is the same layout as the Birthday Bunny I showed the other day. Just by using different DP, colors, and stampsets you get a completely different looking card. Thanks for looking and visiting our blog!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

3-Heart Birthday Bunny

From Heidi..
I don't know about everyone else, but from mid-April through May we have a slew of birthdays between friends and family. You'd think since I make so many cards, I'd have a stash onhand...but I really don't. So I had to scramble the other night to get some cards made for a little guy turning five and two twin brothers turning twenty. I used the same layout for all 3 cards and varied the subject. For this card I used the 3-Heart punch. I saw this idea for the punched bunny on SCS, although she'd made a larger bunny with the large heart punch. I sponged the edges of all the pieces and punched a small red nose and 2 black eyes. I found a piece of DP that looked like grass, which was great. It's a very simple card with a simple layout.

Monday, April 13, 2009

You're invited: Stamp-A-Stack and Gift Cards

From Heidi...
Wow... two posts from us in one day! I'm posting pictures of our upcoming Gift Card Holder class (4/16) and this month's Stamp-A-Stack (4/21). This month we'll be using the new Designer Paper, Scallop Oval punch and Oval All stamp set from the "Occasions" mini catalog to create the gift cards.
We'll be using punches to create these fun Stamp-A-Stack cards. Each class is $10. You can email or call me to RSVP, so that we're sure to have enough supplies prepared. I do want to mention that the brown circle-flower card was cased from KWerner's blog, I thought it was so cute. You can click Here to view it.

Thursday, April 16 - Gift Card Holder Class (3 gift cards/$10)
Session 1 - 12:30-2:30 PM/Session 2 - 7:00-9:00 PM

Tuesday, April 21 - SAS ( 5 cards/$10)

7:00-9:00 PM

Old Buildings...

From Adriel:

The title for this post sounds kinda lame, but I was too un-energetic mentally to come up with anything better! LOL! =)

Gary and I went on a road trip Saturday with the kids. We took a drive to Canyon Lake and to Tortilla Flats... I took some fun pictures. We stopped at an old mining town (in reality, a tourist trap), and they had some fun old buildings (or at least buildings made to look old) and I had some fun with the camera and took some fun shots. I thought I'd share a few photos with you today. I wanted to do something out of the ordinary. =)

Why is it that a "Danger, Keep Out" sign actually increases curiosity in people?

A black and white of the mill... this was actually not the real mill. It was a reproduction, but it still looked cool! =)

The saloon... actually a restaurant. I'm sure the food was way overpriced. =)

Of course, there was a shoot out, but I didn't take any photos. I will just mention that the gun fight was the shortest gun fight I've ever seen... it was pretty weak. We still tipped them $2 (hey, the kids enjoyed it) and I am happy to tell you that is all we spent there. =)

Anyway, a parting photo of Kayla, Jacob and Gary in a giant bird cage...

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day! =)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Trend 3 - Geometric

From Heidi...
I hope you all had a great week and are enjoying the weekend. We've got rain this a.m., which is a nice change from the sunshine. Well here's the last of the "trendy" cards that I made. If you like geometric shapes, this card has plenty going on. It was fun to look through our stamp sets and see which ones would work best for a geometric look. I used the stamp sets "Background Samples" and "Simple Shapes" to the solid and designs. I couldn't have done this without my old faithful "Stampamajig'... what a great tool! I used stitching on this card, as well, wich gave it an artsy look. I used Kiwi Kiss, Close to Cocoa and Sahara Sand with black accents.
We had a good week. We had a custom order for 80 gift tags this week. We worked assembly line style and I was surprised at how quickly we got them finished! Thanks again for looking!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Simple Cards

From Adriel:

The other day I whipped up some quick and easy cards to give to friends that were needing some birthday cards. I thought they would be great to share with you, so here they are!

Very easy, very simple... no frills. Just thought I'd share some simple layouts and card ideas! Have a great day! =)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Trend 2 - Faux Bois

From Heidi...Here's another trend I read about and then tried to incorporate into a card which is faux bois, a French word for "fake wood." This includes anything with a fake woodgrain pattern and because "natural" and "eco" has become an important part of many people's lives, I incorporated some of those ideas into this card, as well.
I pulled out an old SU stamp set "Definitely Decorative Ferns" to use as the main focal point. Instead of using cardstock to accent the white stamped cardstock, I used black stitching. I also stitched the tree rings around the punched Creamy Caramel circles and then used the stamp set "Background Sampler" and SU markers to color in the lines of the stamp to create the woodgrain on the Really Rust contrast piece. This was fun to create... thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

There's a Giveaway Going On... and My Surprise!

From Adriel:

I found out about this through Anthonette! Simply Handmade, the magazine, is hosting a Die Cut Machine Giveaway on their blog and I just had to pass the news on to you!! You have to leave a comment to enter the giveaway, but if you blog about it and put the link in your comment, they will give you 2 entries!! Here's the link to get over there and enter:

I realize not all our followers are probably that interested in winning this, so sorry this isn't that interesting today, but this is exciting news to paper/stamping/card-making/scrapping people! =D

Onto the surprise... look what my husband surprised me with when he came home from the grocery store yesterday! Thanks, Gary!! I love you! =D

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


From Heidi...
I was reading about trends yesterday and I learned a new word..."Steampunk." That's what this card's style is. I got so inspired yesterday after reading and viewing examples, that I created this card. I'm not really a trendy person, I'm actually pretty conservative, but yesterday I broke out and tried some new ideas and had a great time. I'll share the other two cards I made over the next few days, as "Steampunk" is not the only trend.
I used the wide oval punch for the petals after I'd stamped them in black on Pale Plum using the stamp set Background Basics to create this BIG flower. Thanks for looking!

Blog Award

We've been awarded this special blog award and we've got to pass it on!

We received this award from A Scrappy Design... so a big THANKS to her and please visit her blog if you have a chance! =)

The rules for this award are:

1. Add the logo to your blog (will do after posting)
2. Link to the person from whom you've received the award (yes)
3. Nominate 8 blogs of your choice (see below)
4. Leave a message on the nominees' blogs (will do after posting)

So... (drumroll) my choices for the Kreativ Blogger award go to...

4. Kim
Thanks everyone! Have a great day! =)

Monday, April 6, 2009

Another Mother's Day Card

From Adriel:
My mom showed you the Mother's Day cards she made last week and I wanted to share one of the cards I made as well.

I used THIS CARD LAYOUT that I showed you last week sometime. I simply made the card horizontal instead of vertical and it gives the card a totally different look! I did this primarily to fit my sentiment on the card stock, which was quite a bit wider than the sentiment I used on the original card layout. This way, the sentiment fit and I just moved the flowers as well. =)
I love the pink and the Bella Rose designer paper on this card and our free stamp set, Polka Dot Punches, that we got during Sale-a-Brations looks great. I also heat embossed the sentiment, so it's slightly raised and shiny.
On a slightly different note, the new Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog is out and they have this adorable new die for the Big Shot! You can see what I'm talking about by clicking HERE (and go to page 16). Beyond cute, right?! There's even a couple stamp sets that coordinate with this die... doubly cute! Well, we don't have a Big Shot, so it would be kind of hard to use, ya know what I mean? (BTW, my birthday is May 5th, and I'm going to put aside my birthday mula towards a Big Shot.) My mom and I did get the Oval All set along with the new Scallop Oval Punch and the Walk in the Park designer paper and we are enjoying those! In fact, for our SAS and Stamp Club this month, we'll be using some of that new paper and the new stamps and punch, so you don't want to miss it! You can check our newsletter for the dates and times for these events.

Anyway, more to share with you later! Thanks for checking in and have a great day! =D