Thursday, January 31, 2013

Simply Sale-A-Brate

Our Sale-A-Bration offers some really fun products this year.  I have been playing with the Simply Sent kit and making some fun projects:

Here are all the contents of the kit.  You can make 8 cards.  4 of them have 'Hello' already on them and 4 are completely blank.  The card above is what I made with a blank card from the kit.  The ribbon is from S-A-B, too.  It matches better than it looks in the photo, I promise.  I don't know why the color looks a little off here.
I put a little twist on my cards, inspired by their funky shape.  I used our old (retired) slotted punch and made a 'holder' for a gift card inside of mine.  What a fun way to present a gift card to a special someone!

Have a great day.  I'm off to work in my studio.  I'm finishing up my Valentine's Day cards, making some more framed projects, and prepping for my Hostess Scrapbook Club for next week.  It should be a fun and, hopefully, productive day.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A Valentine Banner

Love is in the air, especially if you hang this banner.  I made it with one of our Simply Sent Kits.  The kit is called Sealed with Love.  It is a carry-over from our Holiday Catalog.  If you'd like to order one, the order number is #126923 and it is just $7.95 for the kit.

So what all did I add extra with the kit to make the banner?

  • 4 pieces of Pool Party CS to go behind the little cards.  (I did trim the papers down a tiny bit, to fit nicely onto the banner background pieces.
  • 4 doilies (Each one is folded in half.)
  • 4 scalloped circles of red glimmer paper
  • 4 Pool Party letters to spell out 'Love'
  • a strip of Pool Party ribbon (from the S-A-B selections) 
The other punched pieces --- scalloped circles and butterflies --- are from pieces of the Simply Sent envelopes.  You'll be cutting 2 flaps off each of the 'banner' pieces, so save all those scraps for punching out your little scallops and butterflies.

Here's what comes in the kit.  You can make 10 'cards' or you can just start playing. 

I hope today's post will inspire you to take out a Simply Sent Kit and start imagining what all you could do with it.

Some ideas:  
  • a banner
  • actual envelopes with cards
  • a mini album

As you can see, the paper is all polka dots and flowers, so your cards or other creations do not have to be limited to Valentine's Day projects at all!

I got several of the kits and I made cards, gift card holders, and treat pouches.  I didn't use the little round flower pieces or baker's twine, so when I made some chocolate chip treat pouches, I used the baker's twine for that project.  I still have the little round flower pieces, so I'll have to think up something to do with those.  hmmmmm...

What else can you think of to do with a kit?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Lovin' The Bow Tie!

One of our new stamp sets is called Dapper Dad.  Love the name!  Here's a bow tie card I made with it:

The buttons add a nice touch to the masculine look of the card.  I stamped the shoe on the envelope and the watch on the inside of the card.  When you make a card with a really dark color of CS, it's nice to add another layer to the inside, so you can write in it.

Come back soon for another look at a cute project I made with the bow tie.  I'm lovin' it!  

It's a kind of gloomy, rainy day here in Lincoln Land.  I think it will be a good day to hole up and stamp a bunch!   

Monday, January 28, 2013

Core'dinations CS and a Little Fun

Here's a little fun for you to enjoy today.  (Click the link to see it.)  I love it!!!

And now, let's get to the core of things --- with our Core'dinations CS, that is.

We now have Core'dinations CS in several colors:
Early Espresso
Cherry Cobbler
Gumball Green
Primrose Petals
Pool Party
Real Red

You can use it 'as is' to give extra texture to your project or you can really bump it up and use it with embossing folders.  Our CS has a solid core, so if you tear or emboss it, you get the same solid color.  The Core'dinations CS has a lighter core, so if you emboss and then lightly sand the top surface of the image, you get a highlighted, lighter color that really shows off your embossing design.  Here's a card I made using the Primrose Petals.
Here are all the colors:

... and a close-up of the dyed roses:
If you missed my posts about dyeing, you can check here and here.

Here are some other cards I've made using the Core'dinations CS:

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Oh, Hello

For today:  OJ and her new car and another fun Cherry Cobbler card --- 

Here's Olive Jane in her car 'Santa' got her for Christmas:
Fresh out of the bath and ready to roll!  I know I'm partial, but isn't she adorable?   She watches Mickey Mouse Club before bed and now she does it sitting in her car --- like she's at a drive-in movie.

And now --- here's another fun Cherry Cobbler card with a new stamp set that I love:
I've used cherry cobbler baker's twine and one of our new buttons.  I embossed the flap on the envelope with our Chevron embossing folder.  The oval stamped shape and the 2 smaller ovals are cut out with our new Ovals Collection framelits.  I did cut out the flower by hand but, for those of you who do not like 'fussy cutting' you could always stamp it directly onto the oval stamped shape.

This is one of the cards we made at our Winter Stamp and Scrap Retreat.  Hope you enjoyed today's card and OJ's car.  Have a good day.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

A Cherry Cobbler Valentine

Here's a quick post before I start my Winter Scrap and Stamp Retreat.  (It's going to be soooo much fun!)

What could be more delicious than using Cherry Cobbler for a Valentine's Day card?

I've used a lot of layers and a touch of embossing.  I've stamped and embossed the coordinating envelope, then added a 'sprig' of Cherry Cobbler seam binding for the finishing touch.  I think it would be fun to be on the giving or receiving end for this card.

Have a great day and a great weekend.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Floral Frames Framelits / Tutorial

Who wouldn't want to receive a cute little gift box like this one?  The gorgeous flower is amazingly simple (and fun) to create!  It's done with the help of our Floral Frames Framelits and Filter Paper.  Say that 3 times!

Our Floral Frames Framelits can be used for a lot of super fun projects.  Using our filter paper, I made this beautiful flower.  I've dyed it, using one of our Stampin' Spritzers.  As with all the dyeing tips I've given you, the more reinker you add, the deeper the color.  You can go back and add highlights of more color by spritzing again or highlighting with a Stampin' Write Marker.  Here's how you create the beautiful flower.

I hope you've enjoyed today's post and been inspired to try a project like this one.  Leave a comment and let me know how it turned out for you.  Did you try any different colors?  I'd love to hear about them.  Have a good day!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

More about Dyeing

Here's another card I made using some of the flowers I dyed.  See yesterday's post for complete details on how to do it.

I used our Adorning Accents embossing folder to emboss the hearts along the envelope flap.
Use a square punch to cut a 'v' at the bottom of the 'flag' strip of DSP.  It's really quick and easy.

I've used a tag from the Pop-up Posies kit and a stamp from Vintage Verses (available during Sale-A-Bration).  I attached the dyed rose with Liquid Tombow.  I added one of our cute little clips (Elements) from our Spring Catalog.

If you look closely, you can see that I embossed an accent row under the DSP, using the new Borders Scoring Plate.  All in all, it was a fairly quick card to pull together, thanks to wonderful accents to dress it up.

In my next post, I'll show you even more about dyeing and how to make a flower with our Floral Frames framelits.  

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