May 21, 2013

All Dressed Up

Do you like having an excuse to get dressed up every once in awhile? I sure do- it is fun to feel fancy for some special occasion. Well, evidently today's card was in the mood to dress up a little too :)

Isn't it just sweet. This card was part of the swap I was in and was designed by Mary Beers. I love her use of the Argyle texture folder in the background to give it a material feel. Also, the little belt with button is adorable! I think I want a matching dress myself :)... although mine would have to have room to accommodate a HUGE baby bump!

Recipe Card (with links):
Ciao Baby Stamp Set
Tea for Two DSP
Dress Up Framelits
Sweet Buttons Embosslit
Argyle Texture Folder
Petite Curly Label Punch
Old Olive Stripped Organdy Ribbon
Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon
Cardstock (Very Vanilla, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeaide, Calypso Coral)
Ink (Lucky Limeaide)

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May 20, 2013

A Perfect Teacher "Thank You"

School will soon be out, and what better way to thank the teacher's in your kids life than with a handmade card. Now, I know that this particular sample says "Happy Birthday", but switch out the saying with "Thank You" and you've got the perfect card to make for them. Isn't it fabulous? It was designed by none other than my mom, Michelle Lembcke. Her cards are always so stunning :)

To achieve the chalkboard look all you have to do is stamp with the Whisper White craft ink on black cardstock, and then to make it look more "used" rub a sponge or dauber with the white ink on it across the board. You can put more white in some places than others to give it the uneven erased look of a chalkboard :)

The flower is from the spring mini and comes in a roll like a ribbon. The individual flowers are great to cut apart and color to match your projects. I've seen people smoosh them directly into the ink pad, sponge color onto the flowers, color them with markers, and even use a spritzer filled with reinker and some alcohol to color them. Try a couple of methods and see which one you like best! But remember, the flowers are only available until the end of the month, so stock up now :)

Recipe card (with links):
Woodgrain Stamp
Happy Birthday Stamp
Tea for Two DSP
Trim Flowers
Bitty Butterfly Punch
Petite Curly Label Punch
Basic Pearls
Linen Thread
Cardstock (Early Espresso, Basic Black)
Ink (Whisper White Craft, Calypso Coral- for the flower)

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May 17, 2013

Sunshine and Splashes

It has been a cold spring here in MN. I kid you not- we had snow in the first few days of May (even enough to close school in some places). Crazy right? So then you can imagine my shock when we had a 98 degree day this week. Super crazy! But of course my daughter loved it because it gave her a chance to try out her new swimming pool :)

She had such a blast! And after seeing the pictures I knew they would be perfect with the "Sunshine and Sprinkles" MDS disc that had just arrived in the mail :) How great are they together? The fun layout was inspired by a layout sketch I had seen and pinned on Pinterest. I just love how it all turned out.

Recipe Card (with links):
Sunshine and Sprinkles DSP
Sunshine and Sprinkles Ensemble
Love Birds Digital Kit (Just the sun)
Top Note Punch
Taffeta Ribbon

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May 16, 2013

More Sweetness from the Spring Mini

Today I've got some more super sweet cards from the swap featuring products from the spring mini. Once again, don't forget that the mini only lasts until the end of the month, so if you fall in love with something don't wait to get it!

The first card I have was designed Deb Klaphake- and it features pinwheels! Do you remember running with pinwheels as a child? I sure do, so this brings back lots of summer childhood memories for me :) And these pinwheels are super easy to make with the help of the pinwheel die for the big shot. How fun!

Next, Joanna Middendorf's card shows off our trendy hexagon embossing folder by adding BEES! Doesn't it just have the look of honeycomb when combined with these little cuties! Now I'm not much of a bee fan- frankly they scare the crap out of me, but I have to admit that these little stamped cuties are bee-utiful. Sorry, couldn't resist the pun :) Oh, and just a tip- make sure you stamp the sentiment before embossing the background paper (trust me, it doesn't work in the other order, I've learned from experience...)

Recipe cards (with links):

Pinwheel Card
Word Play Stamp Set
Summer Smooches DSP
Polka Dot Parade DSP
Mini brads
Basic Rhinestones
1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch
1 1/4" Circle Punch
Polka Dot Texture Folder
Pinwheels Sizzlit
Cardstock (Whisper White, Real Red, Pacific Point, Old Olive)
Ink (Real Red)

Bee Thank You Card
Spring Sampler Stamp Set
Wacky Wishes Stamp Set (Hostess Set)
1 1/4" Scallop Circle Punch
1" Circle Punch
Black Scallop Dot Ribbon
Honeycomb Texture Folder
Cardstock (Whisper White, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight)
Ink/Markers (Basic Black, Daffodil Delight)

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May 14, 2013

Spring Mini Samples

I've got some sweet swap samples for you today from the spring mini. Don't forget- most of the items in the mini only last until the end of the month, so if you see something you "gotta have" you better grab it up now!

The first card is super easy and sweet, designed by Renee Kannegiesser. I love the yummy combo of yellow and blue- it is just so serene. The best part is how fast this card comes together without looking to simplistic. Do you see the fun little fabric flower? They come in white on a long roll like a ribbon- then you can cut them apart and color them. I've seen people color them using the spritzers filled with alcohol and ink, markers, sponge dabbers, and even directly pressing them into the ink pads- so there are a lot of options!

The next creation was from Barb Voss and makes for an adorable Father's Day card. I love how she used the Simply Scored tool to add pleat lines to the shirt. Cute cute cute!

Recipe cards (with links):

Just Because Floral Card
Vintage Verses (was part of this year's Sale-a-bration)
Tea for Two DSP
Subtle Buttons
Flower Trim
Decorative Label Punch
Cardstock (Island Indigo, Very Vanilla, So Saffron)
Ink (Early Espresso)

Father's Day Card
Dapper Dad Stamp Set
Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set
Bright Buttons
Argyle Texture Folder
Simply Scored
Word Window Punch
Cardstock (Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Tempting Turquise)
Ink (Tempting Turquise)

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May 7, 2013

Custom Envelopes with the Simply Scored Tool

Sorry last week was light on cute posts and videos. We had a nasty stomach bug making the rounds in our house! So about all I got done was hand washing, laundry, more hand washing, cleaning, oh, and did I mention hand washing. Seriously- at 35 weeks prego I really don't need to get this bug :) So far my prayers have been answered and I've avoided getting sick.

Now onto some fun eye candy. At my last upline meeting Patsy Waggoner (the head of our group) held a drawing for some free products. Who can resist free stuff! But to make it even sweeter, the envelopes holding the gift certificates were adorable :) Want to see?

Isn't it just yummy! I love that she used DSP to make the envelope- it just makes the whole thing that much cuter. With our Simply Scored tool and diagonal plate making custom envelopes is easy- if you haven't checked it out yet you have to try it! Stampin' Up! has even made a video to show you the product HERE.

And of course one of my favorite color combos right now is Rich Razzleberry and Daffodil Delight- sweet! Then, don't forget the fun little bling in the middle- these Designer Builder Brads are part of the Spring Mini catalog and will be going away soon, so you had better stock up!

Recipe card (with links):
Polka Dot Parade DSP
Designer Builder Brads
Fun Flowers Die
Blossom Petal Punch
Cardstock (Old Olive)

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May 1, 2013

MDS Sale!!

Have you checked out the awesome digital content on sale for 25% off?? If not, you should hop right on over to the StampinUp! website and see what they are all offering. There is so much great stuff there it is making me drool :)

First, there is the digital downloads that are 25%. This includes all ensemble, calendar, photobook, and swatchbook digital content. Which means there are a ton of templates! What an awesome time and money saver. Click the link below to see them all.

Digital Items 25% off!

Not only are downloads available at 25% off, but the majority of their professional print services are too! This includes all photobooks, swatchbooks, cards, tags, individual pages, and calendars. Click the link below to see the adjusted prices.

Professional Print Products 25% off!

This means that now would be a great time to stock up on cards you've designed and finish up those photobooks. I know I'm going to be working hard to get my Christmas Album done and printed this month.

Remember, the sale goes until June 15th. So you've got a month an a half to get your order in. That may seem like a long time, but it can slip away quick! So make sure you take advantage of this incredible offer.

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