Thursday, April 30, 2009

Dimension - I can't say it enough!

You know what is so great about this card? It's the dimensional lift that the ruffled edge adds to the focal point. Dena R. from Iowa stamped this beauty of a card using the new Soft Summer stamp set and I just love the colors and the design layout.  Clean and dimensional. I have a saying "when in doubt, pop it out." Can you tell I am big on dimension? I should take stock out on Stampin' Dimensionals.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Zig Zag Flag Album

Checkout this super fun 6"x 6" mini album using the Sunshine Garden Simple Scrappin', Soho Designer Hardware, and some ribbon scraps. I'll be offering a class to make this book on Saturday May 30th. Sign up now to reserve your space as class size is very limited. Class fee of $18 includes all materials and there will be leftover pieces for you to make and take more projects at home.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Woody Wagon

I think this is the coolest card. It is totally perfect for my dad. My friend and fellow swapper Mary C. made this card for our last swap. The woody wagon is embossed and takes this card to perfection.  Thanks Mary!

Monday, April 20, 2009


I love everything about this card. The color palette, the layout, the mix of textures, the added bling, and most of all who made it. My upline, Tami W., made this card for one of our swaps and I think it is fabulous. She used the Matchbox Messages stamp set and the coordinating exclusive new Bigs XL die called Matchbox. Both new items can be found in the Occasions Mini Catalog from Stampin' Up!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Technique Time! Tonight

Here is a sneak peak at one of tonight's class projects. The butterfly from Great Friend was stamped after applying the Gradation technique. Just ink with brush markers and blend the colors with a sponge dauber or stipple brush, huff to remoisten the ink, and stamp. I love the back and forward depth created with dimensionals on this card. All supplies are from Stampin' Up!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

More Aura Painting

I love working with So Safron and Baja Breeze. The color combination is so perfect for spring.  It is cheerful and calm. My Upsy Daisy card here is another look at a technique I call Aura Painting. Click here to learn how.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Rub Ons Can Go Anywhere

I posted about a year ago that rub ons could be put on anything. On my card I used the Hidden Garden rub ons for my focal point. The chocolate square flower is on DSP which is glued on to a chipboard square. The small white flower has been rubbed on to a button from the Button Bouquet collection. The hardest part is holding the tiny rub on and button and still having enough room for your bone folder. I don't use the popsicle sticks that come with the rub ons. Instead I use either my bone folder or an Empressor stylus tool.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


Lots of detail in this pop up cake card.  Of course I used the recently released 3-D Pop Up Cake die from Sizzix to take this average birthday card way up and over the top. Not yet available in stores, you can purchase this bigs XL die from Stampin' Up! I also used a texture plate pre-inked on my card front to get both an image and texture-this is too much fun.  Enjoy!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Movers and Shapers

What a super fast card you can put together when using the Movers and Shapers die for the Big Shot. Just use a half sheet of 12 x 12 and a few stamps here and there and walla--a great card!

Friday, April 3, 2009

A Walk in the Park with a Great Friend

This card shows off two new great products in Stampin' Up!'s new Mini Occasions Catalog. The new DSP is called Walk in the Park and the stamp set is Great Friend. I also added a corduroy button accent. They come in lots of colors and are a fun new accessory. Need a Mini? Leave me a comment and I'll see that you get a copy.