Friday, March 29, 2013

Easter Blessings

Hello Stampers and fellow Paper Crafters!

Normally this time of year I would have been busy, busy having Classes and Workshops showcasing Easter Cards and Treat Holders and don't normally have time to make and send Easter cards out. This year since I have put classes on hold for a little while I thought I would make a few cards up and send out to a few immediate family members.  

Below is my first attempt, using punch art to make a cross and using a little masking technique...too much work and I didn't really like the final products but thought I would post the pics at the very least.  :O)

Several days later and after much thought I decided to utilize the 4" paper doilies I purchased some weeks back and came up with this:  

I simply adored these! Although there was still a little work involved; it was a rather simple process once I finished stamping the butterflies from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set in VersaMark onto Crumb Cake cardstock and began an assembly line. I hand punched the flag out of retired Blushing Bride using a 1 1/4" square punch, added the doily, then punched a Decorative Label from Perfect Plum. Add a little 5 petal flower punch and half back pearls and there you go!  Love it!

In closing today I wanted to share the sentiment that was inside my card, it read:    

Sometimes we have to 
lose something "Precious" 
to gain something 

I think that about says it all folks, I hope you have very Happy Easter, until next time...Happy Stampin!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Anniversary

Hello Stampers and Fellow Paper Crafters!

My Hubby and I are "Lucky" enough to share our Wedding Anniversary with St. Patrick's Day. My Hubby jokes he planned it that way so he would never forget the day, but it was really just a happy coincidence. :O)

This year, instead of a card I did what I love to do the most and made him a favor to show how much he means to me.  I'm sure I saw something similar on Pinterest since this seems to be my "go to" place for ideas these days.

Close up of Bag Topper
Originally, I was going to just use Lucky Charms with some kind of gold wrapped candy or coins mixed in but...forgot to pick those up while I was out yesterday.  So, since time's a ticking and I wanted to get this finished and posted; I just improvised and filled a 6x8 cello bag with his favorite trail mix (which so happens to have M&M like candies in the colors of the rainbow) and threw in some lucky charms.  I cut the Topper, Cloud and Rainbow pieces with my Cricut and the Something to Celebrate cart. The rest is Punch Art using assorted SU punches, Cardstock and Glitter papers, love the Gold, the picture really doesn't show how much it "Glitters"!

Ok Folks, until next time...Happy Stampin!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Hostess Club Cards

Hello Stampers and Fellow Paper Crafters!

I hope you had a great weekend, I sure did!  I met Saturday with all the Ladies in the new Stampin' Club and  wanted to quickly share the cards I took with me. 

First is the card I gave Karina, one of the members who was celebrating her birthday. I think I've made this card before but sold it among others to my dear friend from CA.  Here I used the adorable Cupcake Builder Punch for the Pretty in Pink CS w/ matching Ribbon in addition to Early Espresso DSP, I also used a retired Eyelet Border Punch for the bottom, too cute!

Next up are the the note cards I made to donate to Aamance Regional Cancer Center, I made two of each design.   Here I used my favorite masculine set The Open Sea ...
 and here I used my all time favorite set Element of Style and the retired Greenhouse Garden set.

The next cards are my Swaps and our Challenges for this month.  I was going to share everyone's Swaps and photos but forgot to ask permission to post on my blog while I was there and will just make up for it next month.  :O) Anyway, here's my two challenges which were based off Connie Stewarts new Flash Card Techniques 1.0 and 2.0.   I myself, found these extremely "challenging" since I am not very creative on my own, basically a creative copier, if you want more details on the technique just check out Connie's blog!   

And finally, here are my Swaps, I love this color combo, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede and Calypso Coral. If you click on the pics you can get a bigger view of our new Fancy Fan embossing folder.  I have to say this is becoming my favorite folder.  

Well, that's it for right now folks, I hope to get my Anniversary/St. Patrick Card ready and posted before the end of the month, which would be great since I've had trouble getting more than one post a month in this year so far. Until then...Happy Stampin'!