Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Stampin' UP! spring cards

Hello everyone! The weather has been up and down and all over the place here in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and most of us around here are ready for the SPRING time to get here!!!

To get you started in the Spring mood, I would like to show you my top 5 picks (in no particular order) for a spring-card swap I recently participated in.

The "Happy day" card above strikes me with all of its geometric shapes. I love the ivory cardstock used as the card base.

The "Thank you" card above is stunning with the large flowers and patterns used to create them.

The "Thank you" card above has a vellum overlay making the wood grain background look subtle and makes the beautiful flowers stand out!

The "You make me happy" card above is altogether beautiful. The layout and colors really do make me feel happy!

 The "Life.." card above is stunning with the bright and cheery colors. This one definitely gets me looking forward to springtime flower blooms.

The card above is my swap. The colors of this card really did get me excited about spring. I enjoy the simplicity of this card. The following are some tips to create this card.

My tips:
  • use the dots in the Happy watercolor stamp set to create your own subtle background. These colors match the colors of the sweet sorbet designer paper (from sale-a-bration catalog)..
  • I stamped the dots beginning near my flagged sentiment then continued stamping randomly on the card front without re-inking.

Supplies used:
  • cardstock: whisper white, crisp canteloupe
  • designer paper (DSP): sweet sorbet (sale-a-bration catalog)
  • ink: crisp cantaloupe, summer starfruit, pool party, black stazon, sahara sand
  • stamps: happy watercolor
  • punches: boho blossoms
  • ribbon: gold sequin trim
  • basic pearls

Sale-a-Bration is still going strong! You can receive a FREE item from the catalog for every $50 purchase! See the catalog under my "Catalogs" tab at the top of this page.

All new "LIKEs" on my  Scrap Sprinkle Crop facebook page will entered to receive the Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit. Offer ends 2/28/14.

Thank you for stopping by! Until next time.....

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Stampin' UP! Monster Hugs

Valentines Day is hours away and I would like to share with you my latest creation.

I created these adorable Monster Hug valentines for my co-workers. I am sure both the guys and gals will enjoy them!

My tips:
  • I used the Cootie Shot card template from My Digital Studio (MDS).

  •  I changed the project size of the card template to 8.5x11 then changed the background to white and the fonts to crumb cake; made room for two in one sheet of paper. I then printed it on regular printer paper and trimmed it to size (5.25x6.25 to be exact).

screen shot of My Digital Studio

  •  Once the paper was trimmed to size, I wrapped it around my Hershey bar then adhered my little Monster.

Supplies Used:
  • My Digital Studio - Cootie Shot card template
  • Monster Hugs - BOY
  • real red marker
  • Hershey's chocolate bar (your local store) 

Have a fun & loving Valentine's Day! Thanks for coming over!

 Until next time...

Sunday, February 9, 2014

a chocolatey birthday...Stampin' UP! style

The love and best friend of my life is going to have his 35th birthday coming up very soon! Naturally, I had to put together a thoughtful gift for him.

My husband is a simple man. He doesn't want much and would be content with nothing for his birthday, but I would like to give him at least a little something to let him know that I'm thinking of him.

One thing that I know that will always make my husband happy is chocolate.......but then again, who doesn't get happy with chocolate?! This little box is stuffed FULL of chocolates.......

 Anywho, I decided to create this...

It's a 4" square box with a matching 3"x3" card. 

If you haven't guessed where I got my color inspirations from already, then let me show you...
 YES! my husband is going to LOVE it, I just know it!

My tips:
  • sometimes you need to look at the gift you are giving your birthday boy/girl for color inspirations! In my case, it was a Hershey's chocolate bar: smoky slate, early espresso, and very vanilla.
  • the 4" square box was actually made with a non-SU! punch board. The punch board is from We R memory keepers; gift box punch board. 
  •  the circle window in the front of the box was cut by hand which created a not-so-pretty edge. I covered up the edge with a 3" circle and punched out 2 1/2" from the center with my circle punch.
  • the ticket punch was shorter than the sentiment (yippee-skippe) I wanted to use so I, 1) cropped the width of the paper to fit slightly smaller than the width of the ticket  2) stamped the sentiment onto the cardstock 2) punched 1 edge of the ticket at a time by slipping it in as shown below then punching.

  • for the 3"x3" card: the banner is actually a belly band! I thought this was pretty All you do is create a belly band like you normally would (make sure it's slightly smaller than the banner), then attach the banner to the front with some adhesive.
  • trim very thin pieces of cardstock to create the vertical stripes on the right side of the card.

Supplies used:
  • carstock: early espresso, smoky slate, very vanilla
  • ink: early espresso smoky slate, versamark (for polka-dot background)
  • stamps: yippee skippee, designer typeset (photopolymer), happy watercolor (polka-dot for background)
  •  punches: ticket duo, 2 1/2" circle

 Thanks for stopping by! If you every have any questions or comments, I am always available!

Until next time...

Friday, February 7, 2014

Stampin' UP! personalized name stamp

Being able to customize a stamp to fit your style and give it a personal touch ALWAYS gets a 3-thumbs-up from me! I'm sure you would agree too!

 The brand spankin' new Personalized name stamp from Stampin' UP! is now available! 
A few things you should know:
  • you can create a cool address label or even use it for everything from marking your territory on books or other belongings to having a fun way to give a personal touch to gifts and goodies.
  • the stamp coordinates with the 1 3/8" circle punch (item 119860)
  • this stamp is available in photopolymer only.
  • use clear block B (item 117147) 
  • you can see a preview of your customized stamp as your creating it in your order window !!! (I LOVE THIS PART!)

Here are a few customization ideas for you:
  • Address stamp
  • Thank you
  • From the classroom of (for a teacher gift)
  • From the kitchen of
  • Made with love
  • This book belongs to
  • From the desk of
  • Just married
  • Save the date
  • Promote your business (add your name, website, and contact info)

  Examples I created :

There are too many ways to do this! 

My tips:
  • I created a personalized stamp for my husband and I (top left). This will look very good in the back of a mailed envelope! (I partially erased the numbers for our address for security)
  • for my spanish speakers..... the top-middle and top-right stamp has both spanish and english! Now you have a whole other set of ideas for the bilingual speakers. 
  • you can create your own symbols using keyboard shortcuts. The bottom left and middle stamp uses the degree symbol  to separate the top from the bottom. I found keyboard shortcuts on Pinterest: here

I hope that you are just as excited as I am about customizing and getting that personalized and fun stamp as I am!

  • You can also view the flyer ! (located under the promotions column on the right side of this page)

Thanks for stopping by today!!!! Until next time...