Butterfly Basics Birthday Card

Butterfly Basics Birthday Card

The Butterfly Basics stamp set is another set that is on the Stampin’ Up! retiring list.  We pulled this out at the All Occasion Cards class this month for a lovely card.Continue reading

15 Minute Inspirational Challenge Card

Inspirational Challenge

The timed challenge this week is an inspirational challenge.  I am supposed to look at this card and use the theme, colors or whatever from it to come up with a card in 15 minutes or less.

Ready to go!

It’s time to create!

Tulipe Die

The first order of business, as always, was the paper cutter.  From there I used a fun new technique, one I taught the Technique Club last night.  That is what you see pictured here.   If you’re not part of the Tech Club . . . maybe you should consider!  We learn lots of great techniques!

Framed Tulips embossing folder

The Framed Tulips embossing folder is quickly becoming a favorite!  I just love this folder and the look it gives!  I used the folder on Very Vanilla cardstock.

Teeny Tiny Wishes & Silhouette Sentiments

Next I used the Teeny Tiny Wishes (page 157 IBC) and Silhouette Sentiments (page 11 IBC) stamp sets with a Rose Red marker to make some tags with the Jewlery Tag Punch.

Add a little ribbon, En Francais stamping, some Stampin’ Dimensionals and . . .


I’m done!  Whew!  It looks like I may have gone a few seconds over but I think it was close enough.

Handmade Card

Here we are!  I think I managed to pull off the correct colors as well as the wedding theme with this card.  Now all I have to do is find someone getting married!    Of course one of the Tech Club members last night mentioned this card would work great for a baby girl card too.  Too bad I don’t know of any baby girls on the way either . . .

Handmade Wedding card

Here’s a close up for you.  Rose Red isn’t a color I turn to too often but I think it turned out well!  For the fun of it, I made another card, much like this one, using some different colors.

Elegant Eggplant Version

Here we go!  I used Elegant Eggplant on this version, now this is my style!  I love the colors!

So what do you think?  Which is your favorite?  I hope you’ll take a minute to leave a comment!

Inspirational 15 Minute Card Challenge

For our challenge this week we are supposed to look at this picture and be inspired to make a card in 15 minutes or less (used to be 10 but it’s been changed.)

Ready to stamp!

Let’s see how well I work at 9:00 in the morning!  I was awake (I think) and ready to go!

The first job, as always was to run to the paper cutter ready to cut some Whisper White and Basic Black cardstock.

Thoughts & Prayers stamp set

The inspirational picture made me think of the Thoughts & Prayers stamp set so I grabbed that up along with Versamark ink and some black embossing powder.  The lighting in the picture makes the cardstock look kind of purple and blue but really it’s just plain old Whisper White cardstock, promise!

Ewww, what a mess!

Next I proceeded to make a mess!  Can you tell what I was doing?  Don’t worry, this isn’t my project, just the scrap paper that was under it!

Did you guess brayering?  You’re right!  I used Daffodil Delight, PumpkinPie and Cajun Craze inks.


I added a little adhesive and ribbon and the card’s done!  It looks like it took me almost 12 minutes.  Not too bad!  Let’s see what it looks like!

Brayered Card

Here it is!  I’m still learning about brayering but I think I did a fairly decent job, especially for morning!

The finished card is a 4″ square with the base being in Cajun Craze.

Close up

Here’s a close up view.  I’m going to have to practice brayering some more, I just never seem to get around to that one!

What do you think?   Does it remind you anything of the inspirational picture?  I’d love to hear your comments!

The Stamp-A-Holics blog post is up with the cards all of the Design Team members made.  Go on over and see how everyone else was inspired and then play along with us, it’s fun!

10 Minute Card Sketch Challenge for Christmas

Sketch to work from

This is the sketch I have to work with this week.  I’m supposed to make a card in 10 minutes working with this.

Let's stamp!

It’s time to stamp and I’m ready with an idea in mind!

Deck the Halls DSP

My first task was to run to the paper cutter with some Very Vanilla and Cherry Cobbler cardstock along with the Deck the Halls DSP.  It took me a couple tries to get the DSP cut correctly.  Silly me, in my rush I didn’t think it through clearly the first time to get the words cut right-side up.

Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon

Here’s the start of the card.  I love how the Very Vanilla satin ribbon looks, don’t you?

As I came to the next step I realized my gold embossing powder along with my heat tool were upstairs packed in bins ready to go to the Christmas Card class.  Yikes!  The only time I’ve run up stairs faster is when my children let out that hurt cry that any mother can recognize.

The Bells and Boughs stamp set along with the Come to Bethlehem stamp set, the modern label punch, gold brads and the Circle Scissor Plus finished out the card.


You know, I totally thought I was fine on time.  I had it in my mind that I started 5 minutes later than I actually did.  What I thought was exactly 10 minutes was really 15.    Oh well, I tried!  Do you want to see it?

Bells & Boughs stamp set

Here we are!  I love it!  The cold embossing, Deck the Halls DSP and Satin Ribbon are so elegant!

Bells & Boughs Christmas Card

Here’s a close up picture for you.  I hope you’ll take a moment to leave a comment and let me know what you think of the card.  Thank you for stopping by!

SAH Scrapbook Sketch Challenge

Sketch Challenge

For this weeks Stamp-A-Holics Challenge we were given a sketch to make a scrapbook page.  Now a scrapbook challenge means I have 20 minutes.  As I sat there, before starting the clock, I could only think of one thing I wanted to do, and I knew it was going to take way longer than 20 minutes!

Time to start

You know, I thought about conveniently forgetting to take a picture of the clock but I knew I couldn’t do that. . . .

Deck the Halls DSP

The first task was time consuming.  I decided to cut these lovely flowers out of a sheet of the Deck the Halls DSP.  The trickiest part was that I had to keep the cut out piece as well as the left over piece both in good shape – that made it even more time consuming.

Stampin' Dimensionals

I adhered the “left over” piece of DSP to a 12×12 sheet of Early Espresso cardstock.  The next job was to put Stampin’ Dimensionals on the backs of the flower cutouts.

Popping Flowers

I adhered the flowers right back where I cut them out of.  With the Stampin’ Dimensionals the flowers now pop and the Early Espresso gives a beautiful background!


Oh no!  Look at the time!  I’ve barely started the project and I only have 4 minutes left!  From here on out I didn’t take many pictures and the ones I did take I’m not going to show you, they weren’t too great.  Let’s just look at that clock again and see how long this project really took . . .


. . . Ewww.  Do you think I’m going to be fired as a Design Team Member?  50 minutes is 30 minutes too long!  Oh dear!  Well, maybe the finished project will smooth things over.  Maybe?!  Let me show it to you in parts before we get to the finished project.

Handstamped Ornament

I decided to make some Christmas Ornaments as part of my project.  To make this one I used our Scallop Circle #2 Big shot die, Circle Scissor Plus, God’s Blessings stamp set, gold embossing and our new basic pearls.  Oh, that’s right, I used the Petals-A-Plenty embossing folder too.

Come to Bethlehem

Here’s another ornament using some of the same accessories.  I used the Come to Bethlehem stamp set on this one.  It embosses so nicely with gold!

Holy Family stamp set

And here’s the third ornament.  I used the new Waffle paper from the Holiday Mini Catalog on this one!  I’m liking this paper!  The Holy Family stamp set is retired I’m afraid, but I had to use it for this project!  The swirlies in the corners are from the Baroque Motifs stamp set.

Okay, I’ll show you the complete project now.  Are you ready?

Holiday Mini Accessories

Here we go!  The ornaments are “hanging” from our new Antique Brads – they’re so pretty!  I think this would be lovely hanging in someone’s home at Christmas time.  What if it was framed in a nice Antique White frame with some gold accents?

Okay, am I excused for taking way longer than I was supposed to?

10 Minute Card Challenge with Flower Fancy

Colors I have to work with

It’s Friday and time for the 10 Minute challenge!  I was given these colors to work with.  As you can see, the last star says to choose my own color.   Hmmm.  Well, the only thing I have in Poppy Parade is a Stampin’ Write Marker and I have yet to do anything with this color but . . . I’ll step out on a limb and just go with Pear Pizzazz (for which I only have the Stampin’ Write Marker for this too).

Time to go!

It’s time to go, off to the paper cutter I go with Whisper White and Basic Black cardstock in hand.

Poppy Parade & Flower Fancy

Grabbing up the Flower Fancy stamp set I set to work coloring with my markers and stamping.

Flower Fancy stamp set

This particular stamp can be fun to line up but I’m not going for perfection, perfection won’t give the whimsical look I want.  If I wanted perfection I would use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.


After some Basic Black ink, a little Whisper White taffeta ribbon and some Stampin’ Dimensionals .  .  .

Less than 10 Minute Card

Here it is!  It’s a simple card, quite basic really, but I got it done in just under 10 minutes!

Thank you for stopping by today!  Be sure to come back often for more stamping ideas!

10 Minute Challenge with Embrace Life

Inspiration for stamping

Oops!  Did I say I was going to show you a card using the Night of Navy, Brocade Blue and So Saffron color challenge today?  Sorry!  I forgot about the 10 minute challenge on Fridays.  I’m going to post the 10 minute card today and show the other card tomorrow  . . . . or sometime!

This week’s challenge is an inspirational challenge. I was given the picture above and my job is look at it and make a card in 10 minutes. Well, lets see what I can come up with!

Time to stamp!

It’s time to run to the paper cutter with my Whisper White and Pretty in Pink cardstock.  Whisper White is going to be the base for the card so I grabbed the Eyelet Border punch and some Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon.

Embrace Life stamp set

I used the Embrace Life stamp set to stamp in Pretty in Pink onto Pretty in Pink.  The next step was to use one of our white gel pens to highlight the flower petals.  This was the most time consuming part of the project but it adds so much when you take the time to add the little touches.  Some of our new Vanilla Smooch Spritz also added one of the special touches.

I’m afraid I didn’t get to take too many pictures while I made this card, I was to busy working!  When I first saw the inspirational picture I noticed the colors and then I noticed the flower which looks like our large Pretties Kit flower and the butterflies that are on the wall.  (I still can’t believe the Pretties are retiring!)


Whew!  I think I did it!  I really should get a timer so I can know to the second how close I am, then again, maybe it’s to my advantage not to have that exact of information!

Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die

Here’s the finished card.  You can’t really see the smooch spritz but if you look closely, you may be able to see thee Dazzling Diamonds I put on the swirls of the Beautiful Wings Embosslit butterfly.  In the photo it looks like the Pretties flower has a pink tint.  I didn’t do anything to the flower, I left it white, but all the pink around it is giving a bit of a tint.

Stampin' Up! Eyelet Border Punch

When I punched the Eyelet Border Punch along the front of the card it took away some of the base.  I used some Pretty in Pink ribbon across the inside of the card to show through and make a pretty border when the card is opened.

Inside a handstamped card

See what I mean?  This pretty ribbon gets to be seen at all times, whether the card is open or closed.

So, what do you think?  I kind of had the handmade Mother’s Day card that I made for my mother in mind when I made this card.  When you’re working fast sometimes it helps to have an idea from a previous project in mind.  To be truthful, I’ve been working fast on a lot of projects the last couple days.  We’re getting ready to head out on vacation soon and I want to have plenty of projects to show each day while we’re away – I think I’ve got them ready!  They’re very exciting!

Thanks for stopping by!  If you have a moment to leave a comment I’d love to hear from you!

10 Minute Color Challenge Card

Color Challenge

It’s Friday again and time for the 10 Minute Challenge.  To be quite truthful, I put off doing the challenge today for as long as I could.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the 10 minute challenges, I just dreaded using the colors we were given to work with today.  I just don’t work well with any of these colors, I never seem to be able to come up with anything I like with them.  It was the challenge though, so . . . .

Here we go!

Alrighty, 8:30 P.M. and we’re ready to go!

Fresh Cuts stamp set

I’m afraid my running wasn’t quite as fast as normal today.  I shouldn’t have waited until evening, when I’d be so tired!  Oh well, I ran to the paper cutter with my cardstock, turned my Sage Shadow through the Big Shot with a Texturz Plate and then back to my table to stamp Fresh Cuts in Creamy Caramel onto Barely Banana cardstock.  Whew!

Ticket Corner Punch

I did a little sponging around the edges with Creamy Caramel, stamped on some Cameo Coral, punched with the Ticket Corner Punch and layered the pieces together.

Dying Whisper White Satin Ribbon

This next part was a bit time consuming.  I decided to dye some Whisper White Satin Ribbon in three of the colors.  It wasn’t hard, I just used sponge daubers and an ink pad to rub color onto the ribbons.  When I was done I rubbed them down with a paper towel to take off any access ink.

Dyed Satin Ribbon

Here are the ribbons I dyed.  There are two pieces in Cameo Coral, one in Barely Banana and one in Sage Shadow.

Time to reveal

Uh oh, I’m afraid I went over this time.  Oops!  Must have been because of the time of day!  That’s has to be it!  Alright, should I show you the card?

Finished Card

Here’ it is.  I made some loops with the ribbon and put them together with one of our Chocolate Chip Epoxy Brads.  I’m going to miss these brads with the end of the Occasions Mini Catalog!

Close up

Here’s a close up.  I don’t like the fact that the ribbons look so bright compared to the cardstocks but I do like the look of a layered bow with the brads.  Overall, I’d say this certainly isn’t one of my favorite cards but considering the colors and the amount of time I had, I guess it works.

Satin Ribbon Bow

Here’s a quick close up of the ribbon.  So, what do you think?  Do you like it?  Thank you for stopping by!