Oh, Whale, for Father’s Day

DSC07372I love this cute little whale!  I saw a great Z-Card fold tutorial incorporating framelits and needed to give it a try.  The card technique is called a double swing card, and I found the instructions on Tami White’s blog here.

I used the print poetry paper, and on the other side used a retired greeting set for the Father’s day greeting.



You’re Swell.

jan02Sometimes, you just need to tell someone how Swell they are 😉

I’ve really enjoyed the yellow and gray trend, as much as I’ve liked the Chevron trend.  So I joined them together.  It wasn’t too unrealistic as our convention bag from last summer was made up of yellow chevrons.  I even bought a dress to match it!

So the itty bitty cute curly label is new! Its free in our Sale-a-Bration brochure, and it will carry over into the catalog after SAB is over.  It has a free set that matches called Pretty Petites, but it also has another set to match called Ciao, Baby!  Which is where this image comes from.  That set also has cute little images for our newest and smallest scallop circle punch.  I love all these little versions since it makes it fun to layer!


Stamps: Ciao, Baby

Paper: Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight DSP from paper stack, Very Vanilla

Ink: Basic Gray

Accessories: Daffodil Delight grosgrain ribbon, Chevron embossing folder, Curly Label Punch, Petite Curly Label Punch (SAB item)

Blue Ribbon meets Print Poetry

DSC07347Sometimes you obtain items that you really don’t have any ideas for.  Paper stacks are often like this for me.  The print poetry stack in the Spring catalog has beautiful patterns featuring the current In-Colors, both masculine and feminine.  I often have a hard time thinking up masculine cards, and really its what I need most, I have so many men in my life… The Blue Ribbon stamp set is new to me, and I found a great way to punch out the scallop part of it from Patty Bennett’s blog, so I went for it.  It doesn’t punch out super perfectly but much better than having to cut by hand!  The secret is, just cut around the outside of the bottom ribbons, then place the stamped image into your punch with the tails hanging out the top.  Its a bit tough to line up still as you’re using limited space, but it gets the job done as long as you’re careful.  I did find myself wishing I’d used colored cardstock to stamp on rather than Very Vanilla, but that is something I can give my stampers the option of changing up this weekend when we make this card at our stamp camp!


Stamps: Blue Ribbon

Paper: Midnight Muse, Print Poetry DSP, Very Vanilla

Ink: Midnight Muse, Crumb Cake

Accessories: Midnight Muse ribbon, 2-3/8″ Scallop circle punch


You’re Amazing Elephant Birthday Card

I’m kind of on a monochromatic kick this month. This is a card we’ll make at the September Stamp Camp and one thing I love about Stampin’ Up! is that it is super simple to color coordinate. Marina mist cardstock matches marina mist ink (watercolored on the elephant’s hat), marina mist DSP and marina mist brads…. actually now that I look at the card… I accidentally used Tempting turquoise brads… oh well.

Stamps: You’re Amazing

Paper: Marina Mist, Polka Dot Parade DSP, Whisper White

Ink: Basic Gray, Marina Mist (for watercoloring and sponging)

Accessories: Aquapainter, 1/16″ Circle Punch, Apothecary Framelits, 2-1/2″ Circle Punch, Delicate Doilies Sizzlits, Stampin’ sponge.


Woodgrain Coredinations card

This card features 2 great new products: The coredinations cardstock that can be embossed and sanded for a two tone look, and the Wood Grain embossing folder! Love them both, the wood grain comes in quite handy for masculine cards.  I must also give a disclaimer that the coredinations cardstock is quite delicate.  It is thinner than regular cardstock and this embossing folder is a bit harsh on it so it can tear easily, especially when sanding, but other embossing folders don’t give quite the same issues… but since its only tearing “with the grain” its easy to disguise with extra adhesive where it tears.  Can you spot where it tore?  There are 2 places 😀  I can’t see it.

Stamps: Petite Pairs

Paper: Early Espresso, Early Espresso Coredinations, Whisper White

Ink: Early Espresso

Accessories: Stampin sanding block (with removable pads), dust buddy, early espresso baker’s twine

Check out the Coredinations line here!

Convention Swap: Thanks Big Time!

This is one of my convention swaps, I made my own background paper with all the great elements within the Clockworks set. Masculine cards are the best! Actually, for me they are the hardest… but I love when one comes together 🙂
Stamps: Clockworks, A Word For You

Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla

Ink: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Basic Gray, Sahara Sand

Accessories: 1-3/8″ Circle Punch, Dimensionals