Monday, April 27, 2009


In this post, I showed a card file and cards I made for a friend's mom.  Its with mixed emotions I made this card for my friend:
My friend's mom died on Thursday.  I say it is with mixed emotions, because her death was quite peaceful and pain-free, and in these cases that is what you want.  My friend is doing pretty well, since they did have time to prepare.  I'm sure it will be harder in coming weeks, once all the family goes back home and things aren't as hectic.  So I wanted her to have something to encourage her when that time comes.
The card base is 4.25" square.  That left me some room to overhang the focal layer and still fit in a standard envelope.  Inside I stamped a few more poppies and a swirl

{Remember card supplies - all PTI unless noted}
Stamps: Remember
Paper: True Black, Stampers Select White, Real Red (SU!)
Ink: (All SU!) Basic Black, Real Red Mellow Moss
Accessories: Pure Poppy dotted satin ribbon
Tools: Scalloped and regular square nestabilities, Big Shot

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Papertrey Blog Hop

I didn't have time to make anything new for the blog hop, but here is a collage of projects using Lauren's My Timeless Templates that I've made in the last month. I love these templates. They are so easy to use and so versatile. You can dress them up any way you choose. They are just fabulous!

This is the All Boxed Up template:
This is Filed With Flair
And finally the Desk Organizer and For Keep{sake}

Thanks for stopping by on the blog hop! Enjoy the rest of the fabulosity!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Birthday Presents

My youngest will be 14 this week ... eek!  I haven't gotten that much older!  All she wants for her birthday is a guitar and since I won't be able to get out and get one pick out before the big day, I am falling back on this gift set.
The box is using My Timeless Templates - For Keep{sake}.  Erin's favorite color is black.  She actually hates pinks unless its paired with black so I felt safe with the color combo.  The card was inspired by some samples Dawn McVey did a while back.  I have a tough time playing with patterns and so I thought this was a chance to play around.
For the box itself I used True black card stock.  I printed the template on copy paper then marked it off on the black.  I stamped Polka Dot Basics using SU! craft white.  The lid is raspberry fizz.
Instead of cutting out the holes on the template, I decided to just add a focal layer.  I used raspberry fizz and a scalloped rectangle nestie.  I cut out a white regular rectangle as well then stamped Guidelines 2 in black ink.  I added some hot pink flourishes and finished it off with pink rhinestones from Martha Stewart that I just picked up at Mike's and dotted raspberry fizz ribbon
The card is another clear acetate card.  I angle cut a lot of different papers, some patterned paper and some of my own making.
I finished it off with some PTI vintage buttons in white, black and pink (hibiscus burst)
Oh and in case any one thinks she is getting gyp'd - she won't just be getting an empty box.  She is getting her cell phone back.  It was taken away a while back for - um - misuse and she has earned it back.  I thought it would make a nice replacement birthday present until she and I can go guitar shopping.
{Birthday Card Supplies - all PTI unless noted}
Stamps: Friends til the End, Guidelines 2, Damask Designs (sentiment)
Ink: Basic Black, Craft White (SU!)
Paper: Clear Acetate, Raspberry Fizz, True Black, White, Dotted Black and Dotted Raspberry Fizz;  Regal; Rose (SU!)
Extras:Vintage buttons, dotted black stain ribbon, black gingham ribon (SU!)
{Birthday Box Supplies - all PTI unless noted}
Stamps: Polka Dot Basics, Guidelines 2, Damask Designs (sentiment)
Ink: Pink Passion, Basic Black, Craft White (SU!)
Paper: Raspberry Fizz, True Black, White,
Extras:Vintage buttons, dotted raspberry fizz stain ribbon, My Timeless Template For Keepsake, Martha Stewart Rhinestones, Scalloped & regular rectangle nestabilities

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

More Secretary Gifts

Here are my last 2 gifts for Admin Assistant Appreciation day. I again used the All Boxed Up template.  I used Riding Hood Red and Bella Rose DSP by Stampin' Up!
The medallion on the front was made with the Labels One nesties.
Inside I layered chocolate and dotted  DSP along with another medallion made using my circle & scalloped circle nesties
The cards were made to match with a smaller floral image punched out to adorn the front.

Thanks for stopping by

{Card Box and Cards Supplies - all products from SU! unless noted}
Stamps/Ink: None
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Bella Rose DSP
Embellishments: Chocolate satin ribbon, striped twill ribbon,
Tools: All Boxed Up My Timeless Template, Labels One, Circle, & Scalloped Circle nestabilities, CIrcle punch & Scalloped circle punch

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Other kinds of assistance

Admin Assistant Day is coming up on April 22 (also my youngest's birthday and Earth Day).  We have all kinds of assistants where I work.  One group, the Engineering Project Assistants, keep all our many documents in order.  Since we have to certify our equipment with the FAA, its very important to have your documents in order.  And, boy howdy, do we have a lot of them!

I don't think there is a formal Engineeing Assistant Appreciation day (although ladies - it should be every day!), so I decided to make them something for Admin Assistants Appreciation day.  I hope they don't mind.

I used the Desk Organizer template from My Timeless Templates and made some bright springy cards and matching holder.  I printed the template on Summer Sun card stock.

This template was sooo easy to make.  I decorated the top with a strip to match the cards and added some New Leaf twill tape to hide the upper seam.  I did stamp on the front and back of the vellum to make it look more shadowed.  I used the darker ink on the back so it still showed through, but less intense.
The cards were also very simple.  I used the Life stamp set and stamped on PTI Linen vellum.  One technique I used was "rock and roll" on the flowers.  I love the clear stamps for that.  I got the flower inked up with SU! Summer Sun and then rolled the flower in Pumpkin Pie.  I finished up inking the stem with Old Olive then stamped and repeated.  I had been trying to get this effect with markers and it just didn't look blended.  but rocking & rolling sure made it look smooth!
Thanks for stopping by!
{Desk Organizer & Card supplies }
Stamps: Life, Mega Mixed Messages (PTI)
Paper: Summer Sun (box), So Saffron (card) Whisper White (SU!), Linen Vellum (PTI)
Ink: Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Alwasy Artichoke, Old Olive (SU!)
Embellishments: New Leaf twill
Tools: oval punch

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Administrative Assistants Appreciation Day is coming!

Anyone who works in a large company knows the admins keep the place afloat.  Where I work, if it weren't for our admins most of us wouldn't have a pen to write with.  They are the "go to" people for everything in my office.  I don't think I can even describe all that I know they do, and I'm sure there is so much more that I never even see.  I really do appreciate all they do.

In years past I have gotten a single rose and wrote "For all you do, this buds for you".  Kinda cheesy and a total rip off of Anheiser Busch, but fun and simple and it does let them know I appreciate them.  This year I decided cards were the thing.  And since I now know how simple (and simply amazing) Lauren Meader's My Timeless Templates are, I thought I would go with one of those.

This time I chose the All Boxed Up template. One of the design ideas that came with the template styled it like a purse and I knew when I saw it thats one I had to make!

The box consists of 3 basic pieces - the wrap and 2 inside envelope boxes.  Like last time, you print-cut-score-and go!  I cut patterned paper from PTI's Chocolate Remix collection - and becasue I am digging stitching on cards, after I adhered the patterned paper to the wrap, I ran it all through my sewing machine and put a cream zig zag border all along the front, back, and spine.
Tha handles are chocolate grosgrain.  I hand sewed SU! chocolate corduroy buttons on to hold the handles firmly in place.  The rest of the strap is adhered with redline tape. 
Inside there are 2 boxes to hold cards and evelopes.  I'm sure you could find lots of things to fit in there for other gift ideas too!  I just went with a simple matching layer to tie the inside and outside together.
And to fill the inside, I did a very simple matching card.  With minimal layers, 6 fit in just fine.  I added some envelopes to the other side.

Thanks for stopping by.
{Card Box Supplies - all by PTI unless noted}
Stamps: Damask Designs (sentiment)
Paper: Kraft, Very Vanilla (SU!), Chocolate Remix (plaid patterned), Dark Chocolate
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU!)
EMbelleishments: Chocolate Chhip grosgrain (SU!), Chocolate Corduroy buttons (SU!)
Tools: ALl Boixed Up My Timeless Template, craft blade, Scor-Pal, sewing machine

Saturday, April 11, 2009

A New Card for Lucile

I brought the card file and cards over to my friend on Friday night and she brought them to her mom.  She loved them!  In fact when I brought dinner over for them tonight my friend said there is only one card left!  My first thought was "I better hustle and make some more."

Now Lucile has decided she likes blue best so I made some blue cards for her.  I mentioned last time that she is also a quilter so I decided to use Quilter's Sampler from PTI.

I was reaquainting myself with my sewing machine and discovered this cool wavy stitch,  I played on some scraps til I found the setting that I liked, then stitched the pattered paper to the white card base.

I colored the quilt squares with my new Copics (BG72, 75 and 78).  The center square is up on a pop dot to give a little dimension to the card.

Thanks for stopping by

{Quilt square card supplies - all PTI unless noted}
Stamps: Quilters Sampler
Paper: Stampers Select White, Not Quite Navy Patterns, Not Quite Nave (SU!)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Tools:sewing machine, thread, Copic Markers ( BG72, 75, 78), square punches

Friday, April 10, 2009

Card File and cards for a friend

A dear sweet friend of mine found out that her mom has cancer about a week ago. We are trying to help out as much as we can as my friend is an only child and her father passed away several years ago. Lucile, my friend's mom, is in care right now and one of the things we can bless her with is note cards. I thought "Note cards need a home" and since I've been really wanting to try out Lauren Meaders, My Timeless Templates, I purchased the Filed with Flair template and got started.

Lucile has been a quilter for ever and for her 90th birthday I made a guest book that incorporated buttons and lace. I knew there had to be a sewing element to this. Her favorite color is purple so I knew that would also dominate.

I first printed the template on PTI Plum Pudding card stock. I figured out where are the red line tape needed to go then started to work on the side mat layers. I used Dawn McVey's Damask Designs and stamped all over the mat layers in SU! Elegant Eggplant. I also sponged the sides of all the layers with the eggplant ink.

I created square and rectangle bits to cover the front and back. Since my sewing thread is cream I used SU! Very Vanilla for the larger layers.

Sewing on paper was interesting ... I practiced first and decide I wasn't good enough to try and sew around the curves so I just did the straight edges of the side layers, but was able to do all of the front and back. I really liked how the zig zag stitching turned out.
I finished it off with some satin ribbon from SU! and the vintage cream buttons from PTI.
I also made a half dozen note simple cards to include in the file.
This is a simple card made from Pale Plum and Perfect Plum card stock. I embossed a matching layer with the Birds & Swirls Cuttlebug embossing folder. The leaf image is from PTI's Rustic Branches and the flower is from Around and About Sentiments.

A note about My Timeless Templates:
These are fabulous. 3D stuff is a challenge for me but the templates come with a fabulous design idea document with easy to follow instructions. Lauren makes packaging super cool, and super easy! If you are lucky enough to have a printer that takes card stock (my old one does) then you print - cut - score - and go. Easy peasy!

{Supplies for Card File}
Stamps: Damask Designs (PTI)
Paper:PTI Plum Pudding, SU!Very Vanilla
Ink:SU! Elegant Eggplant
Embellishments:PTI Vintage Cream buttons, SU! Satin ribbon
Tools: Scor-Pal, craft blade (for cutting template), Filed with Flair template, cream quilting thread, sewing machine

{Flower Card}
Stamps: Rustic Branches, Around and About Sentimnets (PTI)
Paper:SU! Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Very Vanilla
Ink:SU! Elegant Eggplant, Always Artichoke
Tools: Birds & Swirls CB embossing folder, Big Shot

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Stamp Camp Gatefold Card

It would help sometimes to read the manual!  I found out on a blog that the Scor-Pal comes with instructions for easily making gatefold cards ... I've had my Scor-Pal for 6 months or more and never knew that! LOL!

So once I learned this vital tidbit I just knew I had to make one.  This is again for an upcoming stamp camp. 

I stamped the front layer using SU!'s Floral background stamp and then sponged the edges.  I used the square flourish-y image from Baroque Motifs for the square layer.
Inside I pulled a page from Michelle Wooderson's book and decorated ribbon,  She is one talented, crafty lady and makes the most adorable embellishments.  For this one I stamped the Floral background on a quarter sheet of cream card stock and then sliced it very thin, to fit between the stitching on the raspberry fizz saddle stitched grosgrain.
I really like how this one turned out - bright and happy.
Thanks for stopping by!
{Floral Gatefold Card - all supplies SU! unless noted}
Stamps: Floral background, Baroque Motifs
Paper: Very Vanilla, Raspberry Fizz (PTI)
Ink:Pink Passion
Accessories: Raspberry Fizz saddle stitched grosgrain (PTI)

Another Raspberry Suite Color Challenge

I am finding the color challenges that Dawn McVey has been posting to be extremely inspiring! I don't mess with color much - just generally go to my faves (the earth elements - love those spice colors!) So getting out of my rut and trying somehting new is wonderful. This week Dawn gave us 5 colors to incorporate:
I immediately thought of the baby wipe technique but struggled a little to get the rest of the card together. I kept thinking of sherbet, then remembered my Sparkling Summer set and went with the popsicles.

You can just notice the shine on the 'sicles. I coated them with Crystal Effects after the ink had dried.

I used Riding Hood Red, Cameo Coral, and Pretty in pink. I also decided I only wanted to use kraft as an accent so you can just see it peeking out on the focal layer.
This a card with several "firsts" on it. Its the first time I've sewn on paper. Michelle Wooderson has inspired me so much in this area. I thought I needed a special sewing machine, but from reading her blog I learned I could just use my regular one. I thought I really needed to know how to sew ... I've never been very good at sewing straight but I think it paid off here :o) I think you'll see more sewing in the future!

I also wanted vanilla hardware, but alas, only order the brushed silver. So .... I made my own. I heat embossed the tag and brads with SU! vanilla EP.

Thanks for stopping by.

{Just Because supplies - all supplies SU! unless noted}
Stamps: Mega Mixed Messages (PTI), Sparking Summer
Ink: Reinkers in Riding Hood Red, Cameo Coral, and Pretty Ink, Momento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Copic markers popsicles sticks adn shadow)
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Kraft, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Brushed Silver Hodge Podge Hardware, Vanilla EP, thred
Tools: heat tool, sewing machine, aqua painter
Technique: Baby Wipe stripes

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Wedding Life

... sigh ...

A good friend of mine asked me if I would make her wedding invitations. I decided to make that my gift to her. I asked her permission first to post this, and she said by all means, so here they are (I think they even look pretty just sitting in the box!)

She wanted just random wild flowers and Life was just the perfect set for this. In fact, I had ordered the set but hadn't received it when I suggested it to her. I showed her the images online - she loved it from just that one look!
This was a multi -step process though because of all the stamping.
I first stamped the leaves on the back of the vellum using old olive ink. I let these dry for several hours because I didn't want to risk any smudges or smears.
Then I inked up the tall flower (is it lavendar? I made it orange :o). I used pumpkin pie ink and an always artichoke marker for this. Stamped these images and again let dry, this time over night because it was late and I was tired.
For the final step I used summer sun and rock-n-rolled it with pumpkin pie on the small wild flower in the set (the clear stamps made this a cinch). Then I inked up the stem of the flower with always artichoke and stamped away.
I was prepared for a 4th step, but this seemed to fill everything in nicely.
When this was all dried and the announcement part was printed, I tied them together with Ripe Avocado satin ribbon.
My friend love them and I think I found a new stamping niche ... now I'm helping another friend make invites for her son's wedding. And another friend asked if I could make her invites too.
{Wedding Invitation supplies}
Stamps: Life (PTI)
Paper:Vintage Cream, Vellum Cardstock (PTI!)
Ink:Old Olive, ALways Artichoke, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie (SU!)
Accesories: ripe avocado satin ribbon
Tools: double circle punch

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Loving Life ...

... Lisa Johnson's Life stamp set I mean. I have used it over and over in the last few weeks and wanted to show a card I will be doing at an upcoming stamp camp using this set.

I love the clear acetate cards I've seen in the last little bit so thought I would do one too (I'm a horrible copycat :o) )

I used the Backgrounds Basics: Retro for the background. I thought it looked like a trellis and really complimented the garden-y theme.

The color combo is always artichoke, elegant eggplant and cream.

{Friends for Life supplies}
Stamps: Life, Background Basics: Retro (PTI)
Paper:Clear (PTI), Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant, Very Vanilla (SU!)
Ink: Jet Black Stazon, Always Artichoke and Elegant Eggplant Markers