Monday, October 28, 2013

Clean and Simple Love

I don't normally do Clean and Simple Cards. They seem to take me much longer than the more intricate cards. But this one was so fast and easy.


I cut a Very Vanilla cardstock at 4 1/4 and and scored at 5 1/2. 
I took another Very Vanilla piece cut at 4 x 5 1/4 . Using my Stampin' Up! trimmer I scored two lines at 1 and 1 1/2 inches and attached to the cardbase with Stampin Dimensionals.

I fussy cut an acorn and also attached with dimensionals. The sentiment is from Petite Pairs.

I sent this card to my DD whose a freshman in college. I definately will be making more cards using this layout. Thanks for stopping by! Andrea

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Trick or Treat ! Halloween Owl Punch Art Candy

Like so many other people, I cannot believe how fast this year is going - I can't believe it's Halloween Thursday!

Here are some sweet treats that I've made using the Stampin' Up! Owl punch and cello bags. 
Aren't they cute?
                         This little Owl Mummy is my favorite! My fingers got all inky sponging black ink                                 onto the little strips of mummy wrapping.

Thanks for stopping by!! Andrea

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Crumb Cake Thank You

I have not really used Crumb Cake very much and decided to give it a try for two Thank You cards I wanted to give some friends as a Thank You for ordering from me.

Its yet another rainy Atlanta day and I tried to find the only spot with natural light to take these photos but they are still a bit dark..sorry.

 This one was so fast and easy to make. I stamped the Chevron Background stamp onto Crumb Cake with Pacific Point (another color I seem to neglect), Real Red and Daffodil Delight. I trimmed them and popped them up with dimensionals. Check out the new BURLAP RIBBON....YUM!. I accented the ribbon with a hexagon from 6 Sided Sampler, a brights button and a simple thank you punched with the word window.

This next one is a 4x4 card stamped with Real Red onto the Crumb Cake. The 
various hexagons are again from 6 Sided Sampler and adhered with dimensionals. The hexagons were placed over some more of the Burlap Ribbon.

I'm glad I tried something new - I will be using lots more Crumb Cake in the future.

Thanks for stopping by! What are you going to try that's new to stretch your creative muscles?


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A Banner for Julia from Stampin' Up!'s Build a Banner Simply Create Kit

I bought the Stampin' Up! Build A Banner Simply Create Kit on a whim, thinking that I had alot of holidays I will be hosting and maybe I would get industrious and make a banner. I've tried in the past using my Cricut and it just seamed to take forever to get everything cut and prepared.

Well let me tell you this kit is amazing and easy and fast! 

I knew I was going to mail my daughter Julia (who is in Tanzania with the Peace Corp) a care package and I decided last minute (which is how I do most of my projects) to make her a decoration for her new home.

Below are the canvas banners I made. The whole thing was done in one day. I was surprised how easy peasy it was.

I didn't take pictures along the way...sorry. The kit comes with 3 background stencils, 9 canvas flags and an alphabet stencil.

I used painters tape to the background stencil to make sure it stayed in place. Then I used one of the Stampin' Up! sponges and my ink pad and rubbed the color over the stencil.

I was pleasantly surprised with how bright and vibrant the colors looked on the canvas. The ink distributed very evenly with no leaking under the edge of the stencil.

Next was the fun part of decorating each flag. I decided to make each one a separate and meaningful decoration rather than a cohesive theme.

Mail to Africa is iffy at best. There is no guarantee that the package will arrive and if it does that someone hasn't opened it and taken out what they want before she gets it. It can take weeks to months to get there . Here's hoping it makes it to her new place for her to have a little piece of Mom.

I am going to order the refill kit and make some banners for myself!!

Thanks for visiting. 
If you want to order a banner kit for yourself just visit my Stampin' Up! store with the link on the right of this page.


Saturday, April 27, 2013

Nacho Average Challenge #43 - Spring Sampler

I decided to try the Nacho challenge this morning. Here is the sketch.

 I have friends who find it easier to begin with a layout already planned...for me...not so much.  But today when I saw this sketch I knew right away that I wanted to try using the Spring Sampler set from the Spring Catalog. I love all the cute images.

Here is my card.

Stamps used: Spring Sampler; Tiny Tags
Paper: Summer Smooches DSP, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, circle punches, Daffodil Delight Ribbon Markers: Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo                                                          

Friday, April 26, 2013

Primrose Petal Birthday Goodness

Welcome to my new BLOG!!! 

When I first looked at the Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog I immediately fell in love with the cake in the Just Married set. I thought some of the other images were cute but wasn't so sure that I would use them enough to justify (wink) purchasing the set. Well my dear friend Anne felt the same way about the cake and loved the some of the other guess what we did...something I've never done before...we split the set!  Now we both have our favorites (and we live close enough to share if we need) Have any of you either done this or thought about it?
 Isn't this cake glorious?

 I stamped it three summer starfruit, raspberry ripple and primrose petals. I then cut out the various pink layers and glued them onto the summer starfruit image. I used the summer starfruit marker to fill in the polka dots on one layer....I love me some polka dots!

Of course I had to add a bit of bling and pizazz so I put pearls between the layers.

Do you ever have a card that just starts out so good but no matter what you try you can't figure out how to finish it? Well that's what happened here so I let it sit on the desk for a few days. I'm not sure what happens to my brain while I'm away but today it all worked out beautifully. 

I made several banners from Summer Starfruit DSP, stamped Happy Birthday from Teeny Tiny Wishes and used a few punches to layer.

Here is the inside of the card. I apologize for the poor photography. This is the first time I've used the the labels framelets and I love 'em.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

My Paper Pumpkin Month 2

I love the Stampin' Up! monthly card kit I get in the mail each month. All the supplies (except adhesive) are sent to make 4 cards. I really like the surprise of seeing what is in the box each month.

Just like any kit - there are times when I don't like every part of the kit but with a little bit of creativity I can make the project just how I want it. This months kit is a perfect example. The words in the stamps are not exactly my cup of tea - I would never say I love your guts or kick your booty Maybe I would use the largest word  which is Seriously...but I adore the paper, tags and buttons that came with the kit.
Below you see two cards that I made in "seriously" (oops  now they have me saying it so I may just use that 3rd stamp after all LOL) 10 minutes. It took me the longest amount of time to get the twine to stay where I wanted it on the hey there card - I ended up putting a piece of tape on the back of the panel to hold it in place

This card uses the sentiment from the first My Paper Pumpkin kit. All the rest of the supplies (except the adhesive and not quite navy ink) arrived in the box.

How is this for a fast, easy and great Father's Day card?

 As I have mentioned before - masculine cards are not easy for me. I have a goal to make more of them since I assume that the more I practice - the easier it will be.

I adore the pattern on this card. All I did was stamp the sentiment from teeny tiny wishes in not quite navy ink on the speech bubble sticker...card

Now that I have had two months and the try me kit - so three Paper Pumpkin kits here is my review of the product.

1.The quality of the supplies is fabulous. The card bases are made out of sturdy cardstock and the inside is white for easy writing of personal messages.

2. The ink spots that come in each kit are fabulous. For those just getting into Stampin'Up or stamping in general its a wonderful way to build your supply of colors. For those of us that have been participating for a while - the little spots are great for traveling and taking your supplies to someone else's house to work  on projects.

3.No kit will ever be perfect and please all of us all the time but I find the parts of the Paper Pumpkin that don't appeal as much to me are the favorite parts for some of my friends. It's easy to work around the few items I didn't like. Honestly I wish I could buy a bunch of card bases in this months pattern. Well...I loved the yellow pattern of last months too so much that I'm hoarding my last piece (yikes did I just publicly admit ON THE INTERNET that I hoard paper supplies...shocking!)

4. Its FUN to get a surprise in the mail each month and to have someone else plan the project. NO matter how hectic the month is I find I can carve out 10 minutes here and there to get my creative fix.

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What are your thoughts on My Paper Pumpkin? Any questions?  If so just comment below.