Wednesday, January 18, 2012

CASE of a CASE of a CASE

Hello again! I hope I'm not too late to the game in posting this card. I have been seeing this card and versions of it EVERYWHERE! A card similar to this one was featured in Stampin Success magazine (a publication that Stampin' Up demonstrators receive monthly) and it must have been very popular. I decided to do my own, which you can see to the left (my CASE of a CASE because I saw a version of this card on Pinterest and that's what made me take notice of it in the magazine). I also decided to change it up a bit by using another sheet from the same pack of DSP (Everyday Enchantment- which is being offered as one of the SAB choices this year!). The design of the paper is the same, but the colors are different.

The card to the right is my CASE of a CASE of a CASE. I CASE'd the card above by changing up the colors to match the ones found in this design of the DSP.

There are tons of Sale-a-Bration sneak peeks in this card- the Everyday Enchantment DSP, the Fresh Vintage stamp set, and the brad in the middle of my stamped embellishment is part of a third SAB choice that includes two spools of ribbon and 30 of these adorable printed brads.

You can choose one of these awesome products or one of the many other amazing offerings each time you spend $50 during Sale-a-Bration. The fun begins on Tuesday and lasts until the end of March. I can't wait!

Here is a side by side of the two cards. Which one do you prefer? For the moment, I prefer the one on the right because the colors are a little brighter, but that could change if I keep looking at them long enough. Hehe! I think that we might make both versions of this card at my class coming up on January 28th, but the only way to know for sure is to show up for the class! I'm really looking forward to it! Hope to see you there!

Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used:
Stamps: Fresh Vintage (SAB), Apothecary Art
Paper: Everyday Enchantment DSP, Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede, Calyso Coral, Pool Party, Naturals Ivory, Very Vanilla
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede, Calyso Coral, Pool Party
Accessories: Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch, 1 1/4" Circle punch, sponge Pin It

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Back in the Saddle!

Hello again! I finally got a chance to sit down and play with some new goodies today. I held off on placing my Occasions Mini catalog preorder until after Christmas because I knew that as busy as things would be in December, that everything would sit neglected. There is nothing worse than having new goodies and no time to play with them! My order finally came on Thursday and I got to open it all up and play today- yay!

This card is a mixture of old and new. The embossed hearts were created using the brand-new embosslit from the Occasions Mini catalog called "Fashionable Hearts". I really like that with one run through the Big Shot I get five hearts that are embossed and cut out! So quick and easy.

The inspiration for this card came from a card that I saw on Pinterest. (Have you joined the Pinterest craze yet? I have found so many great ideas for both my crafty life and my home life on there. It is an awesome site, but be warned- it can be addictive!) Anyway, this card was my inspiration. I'm afraid that my card may be more of a copy than a CASE. I didn't intend for that to happen. I sat down and made my card having not seen the "inspiration" card in quite a while and when I went back to look at it, my card was very similar! Oops! I guess the idea got really stuck in my head!

This card (or some variation of it) will be one of the cards that we make at my "In with the New" card-making class on January 28th. I love that this card could be a valentine or a thinking of you card. I love versatility!

I hope to finish up my samples for the class later this week, so be sure to check back to see more previews! Have a wonderful week!


Supplies Used:
Stamps: En Francais, I {Heart} Hearts, Easy Events
Paper: Baja Breeze, Rose Red, So Saffron, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Accessories: Big Shot, Tiny Box and Envelope die, bakers twine, Fashionable Hearts embosslit, Heart to Heart punch, stampin sponge Pin It

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!

Hello, stamping friends! I hope that all of you had a wonderful Christmas and that the New Year is off to a great start for you. I need to apologize (as always) for not blogging much lately. The past couple of months have been extrememly busy for me (as I'm sure they were for you as well). When life gets busy, stamping tends to get pushed to the back burner and other things take priority. We had a wonderful Christmas this year full of class parties, school programs, cookie baking, drives to look at lights, and spending time with family. Even though I stay very busy during December, it is always one of my favorite months. Lots of memories are made to be cherished for years to come.

Because I haven't done much stamping lately, I decided to do this post as a year in review and re-post some of my favorite cards from 2011. Here we go!

January- This card was pretty simple, but it used a set that I really loved from the last catalog (Because I Care). I liked the background as well. I stamped with a clear block to make it and thought that it gave a nice touch. 

February- I made this card for a wonderful friend and customer. I loved the sparkle and the flower I made with satin ribbon that was heated with the heat tool to give it the curled appearance.

March- This is a card that I have redone in different ways many times, but I love each variation. So pretty and elegant...

No April posts, so we'll move on to May- This was the Mother's Day card that I made for my mom. I really liked the color combination and the sparkle.

June- I loved this card for several reasons. It used my three favorites from the new in colors and it was an unusual card for me because it was a large square card (5 1/2" x 5 1/2"). 

July- Lots of favorites from this month. (I'll blame it on all of the inspiration I got at Convention.) This was one of my cards for an organized swap I participated in at Convention. Loved the color combo and the cupcakes done with this technique.

I loved this little note card that I made using the Easy Events set. I really liked the color combo and the adorable little hearts give it such a cute touch. 

This is a card that we made at my July Hostess Club meeting. I loved the cupcake "colored" using the paper piecing technique. I love this girly birthday card!

August- Doilies and my favorite new in color (Wisteria Wonder)! What's not to love in this card? :-)

September- How adorable is this little guy?

This was a challenge card that I made using my favorite set from the Holiday mini. I made this card within an hour of receiving this set on my doorstep and I just loved the way it turned out!

October- I told you it was my favorite Holiday mini set...

November- I LOVED this Christmas card. Welcome Christmas is a great set and I have used it tons!

I hope you enjoyed my year in review! I will hopefull have some new cards to post soon! Take care until then!

~Marla Pin It
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