Saturday, February 28, 2009

Good Friend Card

Here is another cute card that uses the new stamp
set Good Friend. Also featured is the new In Color,
Pacific Point and Good Morning Sunshine DSP. For
more information on how to make this card or if you want to order anything to make this card, email me or click here to order directly. Just click the shop now button and order away!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Friend card (6" x 6")
Good Friend Stamp Set
Card Stock Old Olive 8 1/2X11
Card Stock Naturals White 8 1/2X11
Card Stock Real Red 8 1/2X11
Designer Series Paper Good Morning Sunshine
Stampin Write Marker Old Olive
Classic Stampin Pad Bashful Blue
Glue Dots Mini
Brads Silver
Stampin Dimensionals
Ribbon Grosgrain Striped Pacific Point 5/8 Inch
On Board So Tweet
1. Stamp starburst image in Bashful Blue ink repeatedly on lower right-hand side of Bashful Blue card.
2. Ink dots and “Friend” portion of “Good friend” stamp using Old Olive Stampin’ Write marker, and stamp in bottom-right corner of Old Olive card stock (4" x 1"). Cut top edge of card stock to look like grass and adhere to bottom of Naturals White card stock (4" x 4-1/2").
3. Adhere Good Morning Sunshine Designer Series paper to chipboard birds. Attach Silver brads to birds. Adhere birds to Naturals White card stock.
4. Adhere Real Red card stock to chipboard hearts. Smooth edges using sanding blocks. Adhere hearts to Naturals White card stock.
5. Tie Pacific Point 5/8" striped grosgrain ribbon in knot and adhere to clip from Clips assortment. Attach clip to top of Naturals White card stock. Adhere piece to card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Sneak Preview

I just wanted to give you a little heads up on a new product Stampin' Up! will be releasing in April. It uses the clear acetate, yes, they are bringing them back and they are better than ever. Now the can be used in the Big Shot and they are also bringing pre-printed ones that can be used for making cards. Be on the look out for a new class I will be offering called "I Can See Clearly Now." We will be making acetate clear cards!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Wild About You!

Here is a cute card that Stampin' Up! made using the set Wild About You. I have been soooo busy with Sale-a-Bration, work and family that I have not had time to post recently. So I am cheating and using one of theirs. I promise I will try to get busy again on the posting.

Congratulations card
Hugs & Wishes stamp set
Wild about You stamp set
Brocade Blue card stock
Real Red card stock
Whisper White card stock
Brocade Blue Classic Stampin' Pad
Certainly Celery Classic Stampin' Pad
Certainly Celery 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
Red gingham ribbon
Bold Brights brads
Stampin' Dimensionals
1/16" Circle punch

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

History of Greeting Cards

The History of Greeting Cards(from the Postcard and Greeting Card Museum -
Sending greeting cards to friends and family is a tradition that goes back about 200 years. They were mostly sent by the elite and wealthy in the early to mid 1800's. Most of the early greeting cards were hand delivered and many were quite expensive, but they soon gained mass popularity with the introduction of the world's first postage stamp issued in 1840 and a few ambitious printer's and manufacturer's perfecting printing methods, hiring artists and designed both elaborate expensive cards as well as simple affordable ones by the 1850's.As you visit our galleries you will see that cards of the past were fine pieces of art. Manufacturer's used quality artists and many of the large manufacturer's held "art" competitions to generate interest and to get new ideas for cards. Some of these competitions awarded as much as $1,000.00 to the winner!
The oldest known greeting card in existence is a Valentine made in the 1400's and is in the British Museum. New Year's cards can be dated back to this period as well, but the New Year greeting didn't gain popularity until the late 1700's. The Valentine and Christmas Card were the most popular cards, with Valentine's offering us the most "mechanical", "pop-up" and filigree cards, followed by Christmas, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Halloween and Thanksgiving. Cards gained their highest popularity in the late 1800's and early 1900's offering us cards with some of the most unusual art. The Victorian age give us the most prolific cards.
Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, when lovers said or sang their Valentines. Written Valentines began to appear after 1400. Paper Valentines were exchanged in Europe where they were given in place of Valentine gifts. Handmade paper Valentines were especially popular in England. In the mid to early 1800's, Valentines began to be assembled in factories. Early manufactured Valentines were black and white pictures painted by workers in a factory. Esther Howland (see below) known as the Mother of the Valentine made fancy Valentines with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as "scrap". She introduced the Paper Lace Valentine in the mid 1800's. By the end of the 1800's, Valentines were being made entirely by machine.
Christmas cards were introduced and popularized by John Calcott Horsley, the artist of what is known as the world's first Christmas Card and Louis Prang, known as the Father of the American Christmas Card.The rest is History. With the exchange of New Year's, Valentine's, Easter, St. Patrick's Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Birthday Cards, just to name a few, there is probably no occasion that doesn't have its own greeting card!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

New Challenge Card

I made this card this evening to meet the Late Night Stampers challenge for the week. We had to make a card using the colors Riding Hood Red, Not Quite Navy, Garden Green and Bashful Blue. We were also allowed to use a basic color and I chose whisper white. This card inspiration I took from my friend and fellow demonstrator and county employee, Millie (Hi, Millie). If you want to play along, send me your card idea using the above colors. There will be a prize for the best idea! I look forward to seeing what you can do!

This is one of the projects we made at my recent Open House. I saw these little conversation hearts and wanted to do something fun with them. I finished decorating the whole bag yesterday for my kids at school and in my Bible class. I hope they will enjoy them. I used the new stamp set, Love You Much, and used the colors of Pink Passion and Tempting Turquoise. I think they turned out so cute! What do your think?

This beautiful card was sent to me by a demonstrator in Florida, Vivian, who also helped me with setting up my blog. Isn't his a great card?

Stamps: A Happy Heart & Sprinkles
Paper: Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red and Bella Rose DP
Ink: Riding Hood Red
Accessories: 5/8" Kiwi Kiss Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds, 2-Way Glue Pen, Heart To Heart Punch, Crystal Effects and Dimensionals

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Thank You card
Enjoy Every Moment stamp set
Rose Red card stock
Whisper White card stock
Soft Sky Love Notes
Rose Red Classic Stampin' Pad
So Saffron Classic Stampin' Pad
Soft Sky Classic Stampin' Pad
Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon
Silver brads
Stampin' Dimensionals
1/2" Circle punch
3/4" Circle punch
Instructions. Contact me to get everything you need to make this card and more!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Sale-A-Bration Time is Here!

The much awaited Sale-a-Bration catalog is here and it is full of great ideas and FREE stamp sets and supplies. For every $50 you spend, you get to choose something FREE from this catalog. Download the catty here and start dreaming. Of course, you can order everything directly via my website at Also, if you order between Feb 1st and March 31st, you will also get a FREE Spring/Summer catalog. I hope you will visit my website soon or drop me a line. I promise to get back to you!