Tuesday, March 29, 2011

No Stamping Required!

Last night was our BLISS team meeting - too much fun! Several of the members bought swaps along for us to make. This is Shoni's card - no stamping at all! She punched out 6 circles from the ice cream parlor Sale-a-bration Designer Series Paper and then we just folded them to a point, no scoring, you just kind of crease a point and flatten the sides over. It was actually easier than I expected. Then we taped them onto a circle and put a brad in the center to cover up the middle which was a little funky. The hardest part was making a little loop in the hemp twine, I just got Shoni to do mine for me ;-)

I can't believe there are only two more days of Sale-a-bration! Have a lovely night. Brenda

Monday, March 28, 2011

BLISS day! Two samples for you :-)

I am really going to miss this set when it retires on Thursday! Especially because they named it after our team, BLISS (Brenda's Lovely Independent Sassy Stampers ;-) ) Well, maybe they didn't name it after us, but we've had our team name for AGES and so I think we can lay claim to it! We have a team meeting tonight, I can't wait to get together and play with the girls! I love this color combo above, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso & Baja Breeze. And the Vintage Adornments & Baja Breeze seam binding add the finishing touches. Below is a real simple card using the same set. I stamped the images using Concord Crush on Confetti White. This is a great card for beginners. Using a dimensional to pop out the circle and a pearl in the center add a little extra. The greeting is stamped using the Sale-a-bration set So Happy For You. Also retiring on Thursday, yikes! The time has gone so fast! That means you have just 3 days left for Sale-a-bration, you can earn one free set with every $50 you spend.

Only 3 days left for my amazingly brilliant Big Shot promotion too, if you're sitting on the fence it's time to jump! Here's a quick re-cap: purchase the Big Shot ($99.95) and 2 dies of your choice (value at least $43) and here's what you'll get for free!!!

One Embossing folder (value $7.95) of your choice!

THREE Sale-a-bration items of your choice!

$15 of free product of your choice!

One level one hostess set of your choice!

A free BIG SHOT 101 class to help you learn how to use your new toy!

Woo Hoo! It doesn't get any better :-)

Please let me know ASAP if you'd like to take advantage of this terrific special only available from me...

Have a great week! Brenda

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Super Easy Card!

Often I just get way... too complicated! It's good to remember that a handmade card doesn't have to be fancy, there's a lot to be said for a simple card - especially because, if you can make it quickly, you might actually get around to sending it in time! The punches are a huge time saver. I stamped this cute owl using the Sale-a-bration set, Punch Bunch, then it was really quick to punch him out and then, using the same punch, snip out a little pink heart for him. I stamped the hearts on a piece of Pretty in Pink and layered it onto a strip of Designer Series Paper - it honestly took about 2 minutes to make, love that!

I love this card that Susanne made for our BLISS team meeting - I've enjoyed playing with the Sweet Summer Sale-a-bration set, but I've been stuck into more muted colors. When Susanne showed up with this card and it's bright colors and the rhinestones I thought it gave the set a completely different look, isn't it fun? She used the Punch Bunch set for the greeting, I love how the Happy Birthday fits perfectly inside the square scallop punch. Watch for another card later today, I'm playing catch up :-)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Another Sale-a-bration share!

I love this colorful paper that we've had this year - I decided to make a card that I could tuck some money in... I wanted to use my Scallop die to make the little envelopes but I couldn't fit them on unless I made my card really huge so I decided to cut them down into squares. I love how they came out! I also cut a little piece from the envelope flap in a contrasting color to make the edges pop out. Finally I added some little tags using the Tiny Tag stamp set and the Jewelry tag punch.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Cute Cupcake treat holder!

We made this easy little treat holder at last month's stamp club - there is a really cute stamp set in the Occasions mini called Create a Cupcake - it matches an equally cute cupcake punch! We stamped the base in Daffodil delight, the frosting in Pretty in Pink and the sprinkles in Melon Mambo. Then it's easy to hold the punch upside down and slide it along until the shape you want matches the stamped image. We learned how to cut the paper into 1" strips before we stamped so that we could save wasting card stock when punching - I'm so cheap - I'm always looking for ways to save on card stock! Then everybody punched out the little cherry from the red Glimmer paper - I love this paper and was making everybody use the teeniest scraps! See how I am?! We wrapped the paper around a candy bar and stuck the cupcake on the front. Too cute! Now I need a birthday party to go to!
Have a great week, watch for another idea tomorrow! Brenda

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Nature Walk Card

From today through the end of March I'm going to be sharing samples using stamps you can get free with Sale-a-bration, the Big Shot or from the Occasions mini! I hope you enjoy them and I hope they inspire you to get out your stuff and start stamping! This one uses the set Nature Walk from the mini - I was trying to get a "vintage" look, which is not my usual style. So I stamped an image from the Notables set and crumpled it and distressed it using the distressing kit before I put it together. I added a Build-a-brad using a scrap of the Botanical Gardens paper, it's ages since I've used those brads and I forgot how fun they are! When Finlay saw this card he said "Mum! It looks like you found it in the street!" I'm thinking that might be a good definition for "vintage" what do you think?
Have a great day and I hope you stop by tomorrow for another sample!


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Easter is around the corner!

I have been LOVING this Spring weather! Unusual for this time of year and I know, being Colorado, it could still DUMP but that's not stopping me from enjoying it while it lasts! So, yesterday, I pulled out an Easter set to play with... A Good Egg. I used a sketch from SUDSOL as my starting point.

I used some Sweet & Sour designer paper, which has some varnished areas in, it's hard to see in the picture but it looks really cool in real life. I paper pieced the chick and egg to make it really bold and used the new jumbo scallop circle as well as the 1 3/4" circle. I ended up using five punches on this card, three with the greeting! The word window, modern label and large oval. Then I had to use some of the Melon Mambo pompom ribbon to finish it off...
I had a lot of fun with this card, I hope you enjoy it!
Have a great week, Brenda