Thursday, April 28, 2011

Ink It Up!

The stamp set:

"Because I Care" from Stampin' Up!

The card:

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

May Card Class

Here are the cards we'll be making at my May card class.  I had a couple of requests to do cards with "older" stamp sets, specifically "Cheep Talk" (the green card) and "Flight of the Butterfly" (pink card) from SU!  It's a little challenging to make older sets look fresh, so hopefully I succeeded and those coming will be happy. :)

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Blue Skies

Blue skies are NOT what I saw this morning when I woke up.  Yet again, another gray cloudy day. So much rain that we are a month into the baseball season and my boys have only been able to play a couple of games.  Are any of you having blue skies and sunshine?  I hope someone is enjoying beautiful Spring weather. :) I'm really trying not to complain too much.  One day soon it will be 90+ degrees with no rain in sight.  In the meantime, though, I decided to make my own blue sky to look at.  Change is good. :)

Oh, and this is what I've been working on the last couple of days:

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Celebrating Scraps!

This is why I'm celebrating!  I'm so thrilled to be the featured guest designer over at the Making Memories blog today to share some of the projects I've made using their adorable new Dilly Dally collection.

Can I share a secret?  I love collecting fun papers and embellishments, but have a hard time using them.  It's not that I don't know what to do with them, it's that once I punch or cut that first shape, my supply of them starts getting smaller. So I use them slowwwly and in little bits and pieces, thus preserving their spot in my scrap space for as long as possible. ;)

I really like to use small sections of my patterned papers as focal points.  This card does just that.  I trimmed this section of the flower paper, accented it with this great acrylic rose brad from the DD collection, trimmed it with a scallop border and then used the Shimmer Alphas to "write" my sentiment.  Simple but cute!

There is a paper ribbon roll in the DD collection with a few different words on it.  I just trimmed three of the words from it, cut tiny notches in each end and attached them under this beautiful fabric flower.  Then placed the whole "medallion" piece over the top of more scraps to make this cute card.

This last card uses a little bigger piece of patterned paper, but then I accented it with smaller strips and another great fabric flower.

See how you can make your stash go farther?  It's the little things that count!

Thanks so much for visiting me today and I would love you to visit the Making Memories blog to see the rest of my "scrappy" projects!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Something to Celebrate...

I work at an elementary school.  Those of you with school-aged children will know that it's that time of year for end-of-year testing.  We've decided to tell our students instead of thinking of this time as testing time, think of it as celebrating all their teachers have taught them this year.  Every morning we play "Celebrate" by Kool and the Gang to reinforce this idea and get the kids excited to test.  Check back tomorrow when I will tell you the reason I'm celebrating!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ink It Up!

Have you ever bought a stamp set and then had it sit for a few weeks months, unused, uninked?  Well I've NEVER done that. *wink*

So I've decided to make myself use those stamp sets that I bought because I fell in love with them but have never used. I'm going to do a new little feature called Ink It Up! where I'll do a quick post that shows my unused stamp set and then a card or two I've created with them.

First up, this stamp set-

I saw this Hero Arts pennant set at my local scrapbook store awhile back and thought they were so cute!  I do shy away from buying clear stamps sometimes because I don't think they produce really crisp results like rubber, but I thought I'd give them a go.  The Poly Clear are awesome! (I will ALWAYS be partial to my SU! rubber stamps because I love the detail and the beautiful results, but it's fun to try new things).

Look how cute the line-art pennant looks on patterned paper.  How fun!  And wouldn't some of those pennants make adorable Christmas trees for a card or scrapbook page?  I'll try that this holiday season!

Thanks for joining me at the table today!