Category Archives: Special Occasion cards

From the Herd

The stamp set From the Herd makes me giggle each time I see it! I am so happy I bought it because I get such a kick out of it when I use it. I hope the recipients of my cards enjoy it as much as I do. I created this belated birthday card for our son whose birthday is on Sunday. Being an accomplished procrastinator, this is Friday and I just remembered again that his birthday is March 1. I remembered last week but didn’t take the time to make a card then. But…From the Herd is perfect for this card!

handmade birthday card using the From the Herd stamp set and blendabilities markersThe inside of the card says, “hope it was great!” I made a card for a friend last week with this set that says, “just looking in on you…” I left the inside blank and wrote a note of encouragement to her. I colored the images with Blendabilities, the alcohol markers Stampin’ Up! sells. I love them because the inks are more transparent than our Stampin’ Write markers and the inks blend together much easier. I know that I need to work more on my blending but I wanted to share this card even though my blending isn’t perfect. My motto for this year is ‘Get It Done’ so I have to compromise on doing things perfectly. :o)

Unfortunately, Blendabilities are not available right now as there have been some quality issues with the manufacturer. Stampin’ Up! stands behind everything they sell so they have pulled the Blendabilities until the quality issues are cleared up. However, you can purchase any of the other supplies I used for this card by clicking on the images below. I appreciate your business.

Don’t forget that this is Sale-A-Bration time and you get to choose a free item exclusive to the Sale-A-Bration brochure for each $50 of product you purchase through March 31. To make it even more exciting, Stampin’ Up! has added four new free items available March 1 – March 31. Check them out below:
For Being You Sale-A-Bration stamp setThe Thanks in this stamp set is perfect for coloring in with Blendabilities. I like the sweet line of little hearts too!
Screen shot of the In Color Accessory Pack available for free during MarchHave you tried the thick baker’s twine on page 207 in the annual catalog? It comes in the five 2013-2015 In Colors and now it comes in the 2014-2016 Incolors. And…you can get it for FREE. All five colors in one package plus matching buttons!
New Nature's Perfection stamp set for Free during the last month of Sale-A-BrationHere is another new free stamp set that is perfect for coloring with Blendabilities and I think the butterfly can be punched out with the Elegant Butterfly punch.
Finally here is the last new addition. This is a stack of printed 6″ x 6″ vellum sheets. The print is in Basic Gray so the design will show nicely when layered over all colors of card stock and just imagine how beautiful they would be if you colored in the designs with your Blendabilities!
screenshot of the Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Pack
Sale-A-Bration has been around for years but having new product added the last month of Sale-A-Bration is exciting. Place an order with me or through my online store for $50 or more and get one of these great new exclusive products.
Contact me to schedule a workshop during March and get an extra $25 if the workshop sales are $250 or more. That means for a $250 workshop you will receive $65 in hostess dollars to spend on whatever you want. Yay!
Join my team as a demonstrator during March and get your choice of either one of the product kits in the catalogs or your choice of two Sale-A-Bration items like the ones above. Give me a call or email me with your phone number so I can call you. You can also sign up on my demonstrator web site.

Amped Up for Terrific Tuesday

Digital Birthday Card using the Amped Up Ampersands Kit digital downloadTuesdays are terrific because we get new Weekly Deals and this week’s deals are exciting! One of the items on sale is the Amped Up Ampersands Kit digital download (1348440). I used it to create this card. Click on the images below for more details on the supplies I used and to order them.

But there are many more wonderful deals for you this week. Check them out!

Screenshot of Weekly Deals for week of 2-17-15

For Your Valentine

I have been busy making Valentine treat bags using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits dies for our grandkids and great-grandkids and got the last of them mailed off so they will arrive in time. I was in such a hurry to get them mailed that I didn’t get a picture of them. That’s the story of my life. :o(

However, I did get a scan of this quick Valentine I made to enclose for one of the parents of our greats.

Quick handstamped Valentine using Sweetheart Punch and Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper StackThis card is so quick to create. I wrapped the strip of designer series paper from the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack with retired white grosgrain ribbon. The greeting is from the You Plus Me stamp set, stamped on Whisper White with Real Red ink, and punched out with the Sweetheart punch. You can order the stamp set and paper stack as a bundle and save 15%. :o) I added a couple of red glimmer hearts for some bling and the card was done! Click on the image below to order any of the supplies you need to make this card for yourself.

Dear Valentine!

 

3-D handmade Valentine using You Plus Me stamp set and Stacked with Love paper stackHappy Valentine’s Day to all my readers. I hope your day is filled with love. I’ve had a wonderful time creating a special Valentine for my hubby! The creative spirit really kicked in…yay! Usually I need to make a quick card and don’t spend as much time on it as I have with this one.

I used the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack (137779), the You Plus Me stamp set (wood – 137133, clear 138594) (wood bundle -138879, clear bundle -138880), and the photopolymer stamp set Snuggles & Smooches (140326) to create this card. The middle greeting is a free digital download from Create with TLC that I printed on Whisper White cardstock and then cut out with a Labels Collection Framelits die (129381). I had to trim part of the top and bottom of the layer off so that the hinge mechanism would work.

I love how so many different Stampin’ Up! products play well with each other. Did you notice that the word LOVE was die cut using one of the banner dies from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies (137547) and the ‘you’ was die cut using the Hello You Thinlits Dies (137363)? The frame base for the card was cut with a Sizzix die. This card does fold flat for mailing.

The card is square when folded up so I created my own 5″ square envelope from a piece of Back to Black Designer Series Paper (133700) using the Envelope Punch board. Check it out! It was so quick to make. If you don’t have this tool yet, why not? Tip: Use a light touch with the bone folder when scoring designer series paper! It has a tendancy to split if you score too hard. I used some retired Washi tape to cover the splits. :o) It does add an element of design to the envelope.

Square envelope created with the Envelope Punch Board and Back to Black Designer Series Paper

The supplies I used that come from Stampin’ Up! are listed below. Click on them for more details and to order the ones you need.

Charlie Chaplin punch art

 

Charlie Chapman punch art using Bow Builder PunchThese little bows made with the Bow Builder Punch (137414) are so darn cute! Our son-in-law has adopted the bow tie as his trademark and recently added a bowler hat to his trademark. This bow reminds me of Joe’s bow ties so I just HAD to come up with this punch art dapper man. He looks like Charlie Chaplin but that wasn’t my original plan. Go ahead….laugh! I know the eyes and nose are funky.

To create this man, I used the third from the smallest Ovals Collection Framelits for the head. I cut out the top of the hat with just one end of the same framelit and straightened the sides slightly. The brim was punched with the Word Window punch. The nose is the wing of the Bird Builder Punch and I used the Fringe Scissors to make his moustache. I sponged a little Blushing Bride ink on his nose, cheeks, and chin to warm up his skin. So there you have it…Charlie Chaplin! I’m sure you can make him a little more artistic and less funky. Click on the items below to order any of the supplies I used.

O Come Let Us Adore Him – Come to Bethlehem

Come to Bethlehem  digital Christmas Card

Merry Christmas! I hope you are spending this holiday surrounded by those you love. Here is a big hug for those of you who are grieving the loss of someone dear to you. May brighter days be ahead for you.

I created this card using MDS to help bring our focus onto the birth of the Christ child who came to bring love and hope to the world. No matter what circumstance you are in today, may the peace, hope and love of God be with you!

Supplies:

MDS Digital download (130646)

Background
Glimmer Designer Series Paper (132917) – gold

Stamps
Come to Bethlehem  (123963)- come let us adore him, Color = 219,192,169 and camels city and star, Color = BASIC BLACK 19,27,29

Punches
Basics/1.25 Square Punch, Fill Color = NIGHT OF NAVY

Sneak Peek – Mini Treat Bag Thinlits

Mini Treat Bag Money enclosureWhat do you do when you want to play with your new toys from your preorder but have to stay focused on Christmas? You find a way to use them for Christmas presents! These Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies are in the new Occasions catalog and you can buy them beginning Jan 6.

But you don’t have to use the dies just for treats. I created a money enclosure using the dies. You pull up on the ribbon to remove a little card with money tucked in it. These are so much fun and so simple to make! I used Santa & Co. Designer Series Paper (135821), the Merry Everything stamp set (wood – 135068, clear – 135071), the Note Tag Punch (135860) and the Deco Labels Collection Framelits (130102) to make this project. What is even better is that the Merry Everything stamp set and the Note Tag Punch are in a bundle for 15% off!

Click on the images below for more information and to order these supplies. It is getting close to Christmas, but if you order these now before the end of the Holiday catalog sales period, you will have them ready for next Christmas creating.

Today is also a Terrific Tuesday so here are the new Weekly Deals:
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Terrific Tuesday – Home for the Holidays

Digital Christmas Card featuring Home for the Holidays EnsembleHome for the Holidays Ensemble digital download  (128885) is one of this week’s Weekly Deals. I created this digital Christmas card so you could see one of the great stamp brushes in this ensemble. Click the link to see what all is included in the download. All I did for this card is to add a square punch resized to 4″ x 5 1/4″, fill it with Very Vanilla Textured card stock, and added the stamp. I added a basic rhinestone recolored with Daffodil Delight to the top of the tree and a Timeless Taffeta Trimmings Real Red bow recolored with Cherry Cobbler. The background is red Glimmer Designer Series Paper (132917).

This card was quick to make and all I need to do is print it out and send it. To make it a hybrid card, I would leave off the rhinestone and bow. After I printed it,, I would trim off the glimmer part and mount the remaining layer on a piece of 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ red glimmer paper. Then mount it on a Very Vanilla card base.

Check out the rest of the Weekly Deals by clicking on the photo:

Weekly Deals for 12-9-14

While you are visiting my online store, take time to look at the Year End Closeouts. The items are up to 80% off and some of the items have already sold out.

Terrific Tuesday – All is Calm DSP

 

Digital Christmas Card created with All is Calm DSP and Endless Wishes stamp setSupplies: MDS software digital download (130646), MDS software disc (130647), or 30-day Free Trial of MDS (130910); All is Calm Kit (138132), Stamps – Endless Wishes stamp brush set (136559), Color Me Christmas Designer Template (132181); Punch – Get It Done Kit (129924) – Punch 1 filled with Silver Glimmer Designer Series Paper (132917)

There is so much that makes this a Terrific Tuesday! First we have new downloads for MDS and I am so excited that my favorite All is Calm Specialty Designer Series Papers are now in digital form! Whoop, whoop! Now I can print out this paper whenever I need it. Check out the new downloads and order the ones you need by clicking on the images below.