Just a little something!

A few months ago, a good friend of mine graduated from college, and I couldn't make it to her graduation party. I will be seeing her tomorrow, so I spent some time today making her a few accessories for her new teaching career that is ahead of her!  I hope she enjoys them!  Here is a picture of the whole gift, but I've also included pictures of each thing individually.  I used the same supplies for each piece: Washington Apple DP, Eastern Blooms and Office Accoutrement stamp sets, Riding Hood Red, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, and Bashful Blue cardstock and ink.  

Now for individual pictures and explanations. This is an acrylic picture frame that I turned into a post-it note holder. The main decorations were done on the sheet of DP which was then slipped into the frame. The frame sits with the ledge on the top. I used mini crystal flowers from Kaisercraft in the center of each stamped flower (which were attached on the outside of the frame).
This is a mini notepad. The actual pad is from Michael's $ bin, but I covered the front with my own decoration.

This is a picture of the pencil pouch. I had made one of these last Valentine's Day for my Secret Valentine at school, and I knew it'd go perfect with this ensemble.  The holder is constructed out of cardstock, and then decorated.

This is a mini post-it holder.  I constructed the holder out of cardstock so that it would fit the mini flags that I got in the Target $ bin.  The flags are like the Post-it brand ones that you can use to mark a page in a book.  Here is a picture of the inside and outside:

Hope you enjoyed seeing these projects!


More New SU!

I've got some more new SU! cards to share! I've been having a blast using my new stamps. I am determined to use each set at least once before they get filed with my other sets! My first card uses "Crazy for Cupcakes" which is just so fitting for how I feel about cupcakes!  I stamped the cupcake, and colored it in with SU! markers, then cut it out and layered it on my nesties ovals.  The DP is also new from SU!, called "Washington Apple".  I used the new scallop punch on the border under the cupcake image as well.

My second card is for SC191 on Splitcoast and
uses the stamp set "Tasty Sweet". I stamped the candy and swirl in Versamark on the black paper then embossed with clear EP. I colored the different colors on the candy corn with my SU! marker, then stamped the sentiment over it.  

I saw my good friend Joan tonight, and she had fantastic news, she got a job! She'll be teaching pre-K in a Catholic school, and she is ecstatic! Yay for her!

Hoping to find time to play some more soon...


New Stamps!

Wow this is my 100th post! I feel like I should be celebrating or something! I also got my new Stampin' Up order today in the mail! Talk about excited!! I got some new stamp sets, and 2 new 
paper packs to play around with. I was able to spend some time making some cards today. For these cards I used "Eastern Blooms" and the designer paper "Haiku". This stamp set is just beautiful and goes very well with the designs on the paper.  For the first card, I stamped the large flower on the Tangerine Tango paper in Versamark, then covered it in clear EP and embossed.  The flower border was also embossed with clear EP.  The flower has a filigree brad (new catalog) in the center of it.

The next card was pretty simple, just a lot of layering of paper to show off the pretty designs and colors and then stamping. On the green panel, the flowers have some glitter on them with my clear glitter pen.

For my last card, I colored the stamp in using my SU! markers then stamped to get the different colors on one stamp. I then did this really cool thing to get the halo effect. It is too complicated to explain without pictures, so go check out this blog for details!


Project Night!

I made a few projects tonight, for my friend Ninetta, who recently celebrated a birthday. She is interested in stamping, so I think she'll really enjoy the gifts! First, for her card, I made a double pocket card, which has a bookmark in each pocket. A tutorial for how to make the card can be found on Splitcoast: Diagonal Double Pocket Card.  The direction
s are easy to follow and the results are great!  I used the stamp set "Embrace Life" and the new DP "Bella Rose," along with some new In-Colors.  

The second
project I made is a mini-pocket book. Directions can be found at this blog. The entire books
 takes only 1 sheet of 12"x 12" paper! Each page is a pocket, however I only left 4 pockets, and made single pages for the remaining pages.  I used the Bella Rose DP to decorate, as well as SU! flower punches, and the "Embrace Life" stamp set. I tried to get pictures of most pages, but it was difficult because the book doesn't stand up too well on it's own.

I am (not to) patiently waiting for my new SU! catalog order to arrive tomorrow! Can't wait to play with new stamps soon!


A Versatile Stamp!

Hi! I am sitting here enjoying the closing ceremonies for the Olympics and making more posters for my classroom.  We celebrated my Grandad's birthday today, and I have the card I made for him to share today. I LOVE this stamp set: Tart and Tangy. I was so happy that it was included in the new SU! Idea Book and Catalog. It is so versatile, and can be used for so many purposes. For example, all 3 images on my card are 1 stamp! I made the stamp into a lime, an orange, and a lemon.  I stamped in Versamark on each color cardstock, and embossed with clear EP, which creates a tone-on-tone effect.  The scallop border is a punch by Fiskars, which punches the scallop and the hole for you all in one! Enjoy the rest of your evening!


Witchy Woman...

Here are 2 more cards that I made last night. The first uses Witchybella, which I actually have not used before this! I used the latest Bella Sketch challenge on Splitcoast.  The black background was embossed with a cuttlebug folder, then I dragged my white craft ink pad over the top of the paper and the embossed part picked up the ink color. I like the way it makes the spider web stand out more.

I made this second card with a MFT set, called Back to School. Since my school year starts in exactly 2 weeks from tomorrow, I though it was fitting to make a school card. I found it kind of difficult to stamp her because she has no head, and therefore, the top half of her has to be close to the top of the paper for her to look okay, otherwise, it looks like a person with no head (does that make sense?). I made the card a thank you card, because I though it might be nice to give to a student/parent during the school year.

Thanks for stopping by!


As Promised!

As promised, here is the card I made yesterday that I couldn't reveal until now! I made this gift certificate holder for Sara's birthday.  The bottom sections folds up on the inside to create a pocket to hold the gift certificate.  I used SU! Bali Breeze DP, and the stamp set "True Friend" for this card.  The bottom edge of the top panel has been cut with the SU scallop punch.  

I made this Princess card last night for my cousin Grace who will be turning 9 tomorrow. I have to 
mail it to her with her gift today.  This is a 
retired SU! set called 
"Fairy Nice". The paper is also retired, called Cutie Pie.

Have a fantastic day!


Better Than Ice Cream!

I'll be honest, there isn't much that really is better than ice cream!  I made this card last week originally for a Splitcoast MFT challenge, but I didn't end up finishing it in time because I got a bit stumped halfway through. I knew I wanted to use this pretty ric rac that I got through a ribbon share,  but after I put it all down, I couldn't make the rest of it work. I think I finally got it! When I stamped the sentiment, I accidentally dropped the stamp on the paper, and it left a bit of a black smudge. I colored around the sentiment with a yellow Copic to try and mask it a bit, and then covered the whole sentiment with some Stardust glitter.  I actually just gave this card away to my neighbor who fixed a bracelet for me.

I did make something new today, but it is for someone who I know will read this, and she won't be receiving it until tomorrow, so I have to wait to post it!

Have a great rest of your weekend!


Halloween in August!

That's right, it's now the time to get started on Halloween projects! I went to Michael's yesterday and they had all of the new K & Co. Halloween and Thanksgiving paper and accents out.  It seems like fall is almost here! (yay!).  I made these 2 cards tonight using the MFT set "Fright Night".  I love this stamp set!  The first card uses the Mojo Monday Sketch #47, and features some of the new K & Co. Halloween paper that I picked up this weekend.  The kids are colored with my new Copics, and the ovals are cut with my Nestabilities.  I stamped the spiders on the paper and hand drew the "webs".

I made this second card for the MFT Ambassador challenge for August on Splitcoast: Stitching. I faux stitched on the black triangles by paper piercing, and then going over the dots with a white gel pen.  The orange background features a new Cuttlebug embossing folder which looks like a spider web. At the top of the card I punched 2 spider web corners with a new Martha Stewart punch.
The image is colored with Copics.

I am getting ready to enjoy the rest of my summer off! Summer camp ended Friday and I'm ready to gear up for a brand new school year in September!  I'm going to learn the new computer system at my school tomorrow morning. I'm a bit bummed that the school uses PCs instead of Macs, since I am a total Mac user now. Have you ever tried switching back and forth between the two? Talk about confusing!  Wish me luck!


A Bella Request!

This evening, my Dad requested a Bella graduation card for his friend at the coffee shop he goes to. His daughter graduated from high school this year.  My Dad actually called it by name..."One of those cards you make, you know the Bella ones." It was pretty funny and gave me an excuse to make a card I can actually give away! :)  Luckily I had this Bella image from an image swap that I was in a few months ago.

Stamps: Diplomabella, Little Pieces, SU! sentiment(not sure of set name)
Paper: Cool Caribbean, Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White, Lavendar Lace, Basic Grey Periphery
Ink: Basic Black, Purely Pomegranate
Accessories: Circle Punch, Scallop Punch, Ribbon, Copics, Stardust glitter pen


I Did It!

That's right, I took the Copic plunge! I spent this weekend at the PA Creating Keepsakes Convention, and there was a Spellbinder's booth. They had Copics on sale in 3 different color families. I decided to get them all to do some experimenting. I made this card last night, with an Inque Boutique stamp set that I also bought at the convention. I'm still learning how to use the Copics, but I think I am quickly going to love them!

Stamps: Inque Boutique
Paper: Pretty In Pink, Chocolate Chip, Purely Pomegrante, Berry Bliss DP, Whisper White
Ink: Memento Black & Brown
Accessories: Nesties, Copics, GellyRoll glitter pen, scallop edge punch, paper piercer