Friday, March 18, 2011

Inspiration Challenge is posted!

Good evening everyone!

I am super excited because like I said in my last post, I suggested this week's website for the Inspiration Challenges that is posted at splitcoaststampers every Saturday. Everytime I look at the Kirklands website I see so many neat textures and designs that would make awesome cards. The challenge posted early so I can share my card!

Here is my card for the Kirklands Inspiration Challenge IC276 at splitcoaststampers

This is the trio of vases from Kirkland's that inspired my card:

As soon as I saw these I instantly thought of Stampin Up's Very Vanilla, Marina Mist,
Soft Suede and Early Espresso colors. Then I noticed the flourish looked a lot like the flourish from Elements of style! I love how it turned out! When I showed my husband he was like WOW... that looks just like it!

I needed a good card layout that used panels so I dug through the different card sketch challenges that splitcoast also puts on and ended up using their card sketch challenge #82. Here is the layout:

I had a very hard time picking one thing that I wanted to base a card on... Kirklands is a website I will definately look to for inspiration whenever I am in a slump! Thanks for using the site Stephanie! I look forward to seeing all the talented stampers out there and seeing what they come up with! Be sure to play along!

Stampin Up! Stamp Sets: Elements of Style & Just Believe

Paper: Stampin Up! Very Vanilla, Marina Mist, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake

Ink: Stampin Up! Classic ink pads in Early Espresso

Accessories: Stampin Up! Versamark, Clear embossing powder, heat tool, sponges, stamp-a-ma-jig, early espresso grosgrain ribbon, eyelet border punch

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Scentsy Recipe Page - Blueberry Muffins

Good morning everyone!

I am SUPER EXCITED because this upcoming Saturday I suggested the website for splitcoaststampers inspiration challenge and Stephanie, the lady that hosts it, wants to use it and asked me to create a sample card for the challenge page! YAY! I am waiting impatiently to show everyone so in the meantime I will have to show you this instead :)

I thought I would share with you my latest Scentsy Recipe scrapbook page that I created for my last Scentsy home party as hostess & door prize gifts. This one is to create the scent BLUEBERRY MUFFINS! Smells delicious! This doesn't use all Stampin Up! products but pretty close... and they are just too darn cute not to share!

I think it turned out super adorable! I hand drew the floor using a ruler, my grid paper & a chocolate chip marker. I love Whiff of Joy stamps they are so cute! The little mouse is named Henry and this is their Henry Celebrating Mouse stamp. I colored him and the cupcakes using prismacolor pencils & gamsol. Here are the Stampin Up! products I used:

Stampin Up! Stamp Sets: Crazy for Cupcakes,

Paper: Stampin Up! Night of Navy, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla Designer Series Paper from the Neutrals paper pack (LOVE LOVE LOVE this paper pack!)

Ink: Stampin Up! Classic ink pads in Brilliant Blue (retired, basic black

Accesories: Stampin Up! chocolate chip marker, stampin grid paper, blender pens for the blueberries with brilliant blue ink, close to cocoa marker (retired), stampin dimensionals

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Sweet Joy Fold Cards

Good morning everyone!

Today I wanted to share with you a couple of Joy Fold cards that I made using the branch stamp from the Easter Blossoms stamp set. I love the way the stamp looks coloring it with a white gel pen. Very pretty and it makes it just pop off the background colors! These are so easy to do and fun to see what it looks like on different colors!

My first one is done using PINK PIROUETTE and EARLY ESPRESSO cardstock and the early espresso designer series paper from the Neutrals paper pack (gorgeous papers!)

The next one I did was using SO SAFFRON & SOFT SUEDE card stocks and the soft suede designer series papers also from the same neutrals designer paper pack

The butterflies are made using the beautiful embosslits die and the vellum cardstock. I love how they both turned out! These would be great to use for many different occasions - Birthday, Thinking of you, Get well, Sympathy.

To create a JOY FOLD CARD this is what you do:

1. For your base cardstock - cut it at 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" and then score at 5 1/2"

2. For the base cardstock that will be the opening piece - cut it at 3" x 8" and score it at 4"

3. You will need designer series paper - 1 piece cut at 4" x 5 1/4" for the inside and then 1 piece cut at 2 3/4" x 4" for the front piece

4. On your card flap piece - you will need to have 1 piece of cardstock stamped or designer series paper whichever you prefer (branch piece in my samples) cut at 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" that is for one layer - if you want to do 2 layers besides the base cut it a 1/4" smaller so 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" - after this is done adhere to the outside flap piece - the flap needs to open from the left so like a backwards book.

5. For the inside of the card adhere a white or neutral color cardstock piece cut at 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" and stamp your sentiment on. Adhere to inside flap piece.

6. Adhere your flap piece to the card base and create a closure using a punch or small stamp design, like my "For You"

There is a great tutorial on Joy Fold Cards on splitcoast stampers which you can look at by clicking here:

Hope you enjoyed the cards today! If you want to try one here are the supplies I used:

Stampin Up! Stamp Sets: Easter Blossoms, Elements of Style

Paper: Stampin Up! So Saffron & Soft Suede, Very Vanilla & Pink Pirouette , Early Espresso & Whisper White. Designer Series paper Neutrals pack, Vellum Cardstock

Ink: Stampin Up! Classic ink pads in Early Espresso

Accessories: Stampin Up! White Gel Pen, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1" circle punch, big shot, beautiful wings embosslit, sponges, dimensionals, Chocolate Chip marker

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Overalls Card - Template Pattern

For Father's Day last year I created this card:

Since then I have had many people ask me for the pattern for the overalls. I just now figured out how to use my scanner so I am attempting to post the pattern that I drew up so you can try one! Here it is, I hope it works for you!

I included the measurements so if you needed to draw the template you could. When I made the pattern for my card I drew the template out on a piece of regular paper, then folded it in half to cut the arm holes so they were even on both sides. After you do that then you can trace the pattern on a sturdier piece of cardstock to keep as your main pattern. Hope you enjoy it! If you make a card using th epattern, post a comment & link to your card I would love to see it! Have a great night - Laura

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Good evening everyone! I absolutely love the new Easter Blossoms Stamp set in Occasions mini and have seen some gorgeous cards made with it, so I couldn't wait to ink it up! Here is the card that I made for my birthday card class that I put on last night.

I love how the white flowers from the branch really pop off the bashful blue. It looks so pretty when you see it in person. Sometimes my camera just doesn't cooperate with some colors to get a good photo of it! To create this card I stamped the branch in early espresso and then went over all the branch areas with my Chocolate Chip marker. Then I colored the flowers using my white signo gel pen. Quick & very pretty card that can be used for multiple occasions! I was inspired by a card made by genesis on splitcoast stampers. She did the branch on pink, looks very pretty too!

Stampin Up! Stamp Sets: Easter Blossoms, Occasional Quotes Hostess Set

Paper: Stampin Up! Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Early Espresso

Ink: Stampin Up! Classic ink pads in Early Espresso

Accessories: Stampin Up! Photo Corner Punch, Glitter Brads, dimensionals, white uni-ball signo gel pen, chocolate chip stampin write marker, framed tulips embossing folder, big shot

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