Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Card Buffet #1

Good morning! I have been a stamping fool over the past couple of days. I wanted to get the samples made for my first Christmas card buffet and I'm also working on prepping my cards for my Birthday Bash card class that is coming up this Saturday (check back later in the week for a peek at those cards). We are also having a busy week because my sweet boy started first grade this week! He has been doing great! He likes his teacher and is making new friends. I couldn't ask for more!
OK, you came to see the cards, so here they are! I tried to choose cards that are fairly flat so that they can be mailed easily and won't charge extra postage. I hope that you like all of them. If you plan to come to the card buffet, please email me ( with the cards that you would like to make and how many of each you would like to make by this Saturday, August 27th.
Card #1
Supplies Used:
Stamps: Stitched Stockings, Woodgrain
Paper: Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight
Ink: Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy, Real Red, Garden Green, More Mustard
Accessories: Stocking punch, Blossom Petals punch, Big Shot, Square Lattice embossing folder, silver mini brads, mat pack, paper piercer, sponge
Techniques: sponging
CASE of a card made by the amazing Jackie Topa
Card #2
Stamps: Welcome Christmas
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, basic pearls
CASE of a card made by Shauna O'Donnell
Card #3
Supplies Used:
Stamps: Four the Holidays, Serene Snowflakes
Paper: Baja Breeze, Island Indigo, Whisper White
Ink: Baja Breeze, Island Indigo
Accessories: Snowflake punch, Baja Breeze seam binding, Champagne Mist shimmer paint (used in shimmer spray), Dazzling Diamonds, basic pearls
Techniques: Glitter Window
CASE of a card made by Ilina Crouse

Card #4
Supplies Used:
Stamps: Come to Bethlehem
Paper: Brushed Gold, Very Vanilla
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Accessories: small star punch (retired), dimensionals
CASE of a card I saw on splitcoast
Hope you like the cards! Please let me know soon which cards you would like to make and how many of each design. I can't wait to hear from you!
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Friday, August 19, 2011


Hello again, everybody! I'm sorry that it's been a little while since I last posted. August has been a very busy month in our world. I was out of town for a week visiting family and we have celebrated birthdays for both of our kids. My hubby's birthday is still to come and school begins for our son (who will be a first grader!!) on Monday, so the busy-ness will continue for a bit longer, but things should soon calm down and I can focus less on my busy-ness and more on my business!
I need to preface this card by saying that I absolutely, positively WAS NOT going to purchase the doilies. They WERE NOT my style and I DID NOT like them. Then my fellow demonstrator, Lyssa Zwolanek (who is AWESOME!) started a blog series all about the doilies. She is posting a different project using the doilies everyday for the entire month of August. You can check out all of her lovely creations here. It didn't take too many of her posts before my mind began to change. I don't always see a set's full potential until someone else points it out and that was definitely the case here. I broke down and ordered the Delicate Doilies and Hello, Doily sets and I have to admit that it is really easy to make beautiful, versatile cards with these sets. Here are my first two attempts using these sets. I hope that you like them!

I can't decide which card I prefer. Which is your favorite? Do you like the side ribbon or the top ribbon? Do you like the antique brad or the in-color printed brad? I think that some version of this card will be included in my birthday bash card class next Saturday. Today is the last day to register for the class. If you would like to come, please let me know soon!
For the large doily, I inked it in Wisteria Wonder ink and then used the Concord Crush marker on the edges to give the same effect that the rock & roll technique would give. For the smaller doilies, I stamped a few of them fully inked and a few of them were stamped off once before being stamped onto the card. I also did some light sponging over the card with Wistera Wonder and sponged the edges with Concord Crush. The sentiment, which is stamped in Concord Crush, is from another new set called Perfectly Penned. This is another set that didn't jump right out at me when I originally saw it, but has definitely grown on me. I love the font and the sentiments (Thank You, Happy Birthday, Get Well, Celebrate Today).
Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Delicate Doilies, Hello Doily, Perfectly Penned
Paper: Wisteria Wonder CS, Concord Crush CS, Whisper White CS
Ink: Wisteria Wonder ink pad, Concord Crush ink pad, Concord Crush marker
Accessories: Wisteria Wonder 3/8" ruffled ribbon, In Color Printed Brads, Antique Brads, Stampin' Sponge
Techniques: Stamping Off, Sponging
Thanks for stopping by! I will be posting the cards for my birthday class soon, so be sure to check back for those! See you soon!
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