Saturday, September 10, 2016

September Stamp Camp 2016

Happy Saturday, everyone!  Today I had my first stamp camp since my daughter was born, and it went really well.  She napped through most of it - yay!  And both the kids are napping now, so I have time to show you the cards we made! 

Here's the first card we made.  It features the retired Stampin' Up set That Thing You Did, and the retired Bohemian Designer Series Paper (DSP). The card stock colors are Blackberry Bliss and Lost Lagoon.  I love that you can turn this stamp that was intended to be cheeky (the other half reads "but not in a creepy way") into a thoughtful/sympathy card.

This card features one of the hostess stamp sets available this year.  You can earn it by hosting a qualifying party or making a purchase of over $200, I believe.  It's called Pun Intended.  I love these little lights and that fact that the wires read "love".  We used Lost Lagoon and Hello Honey for our colors today, with the coordinating washi tape.

Pineapples are super trendy right now so I made sure to include a couple of them in our card making session today!  This card features all new products: Pop of Paradise stamp set, and the coordinating washi tape, bakers twine, and DSP.  Just a bright fun pop of color!  Ink used was the retired Baked Brown Sugar and Melon Mambo.

This was our slightly more fallish/Christmas themed card.  Seriously, so much washi tape today!  It's so quick and easy, which I like with having two little ones around!  It features the Vintage Leaves stamp set, and some retired washi tape and acorn embellishment.  We embossed the leaves with Whisper White craft ink and gold embossing powder.

And, one more pineapple card for the day, this time making use of sponge daubers to paint our ink on for some more dimension.  We used Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, and Melon Mambo for color.  Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend - thanks for stopping by! <3 JEM

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Cards for Gorgeous You!

Hey everyone, just wanted to share two cards I designed for a friend's business selling cosmetics.  These are thank you cards to be included with her customer orders.  They both feature the retired set Always Elegant from Stampin' Up.  I adorned some of them with rhinestones and some with pearls.  I stamped them with Craft Ink in Whisper White and embossed them with clear powder.  The card stock is Rich Razzleberry and on some cream paper I got from Michael's a few years back.  Enjoy! <3 JEM



Monday, August 22, 2016

A Two-Year-Old's Birthday Party!

Happy Monday, everyone!  Today is my official first day parenting alone again, as hubby has gone back to work to prep for all the students arriving next week.  I was definitely a bit anxious, but so far today has gone pretty well.  They are even napping at the same time so I can actually blog!

I thought I would share everything I made for our two-year-old's birthday a few weeks ago.  I can hardly believe two years have gone by!

First, here are the invitations I made.  They feature the super cute new set from Stampin' Up called Foxy Friends.  You can make so many different animals (as you will see in this post) and it has a coordinating punch to make things easier!  I used the retired Alphabet Rotary stamp for the lettering.

Next are the decorations I made for the cupcakes.  I made foxes and raccoons and punched them out and glued them to toothpicks with a hot glue gun.  The trees in this set also have a coordinating framelit to cut them out super quick, but I don't own it, so I cut them out by hand.

For the favors, I made these little treat bags.  They were easy to make using the coordinating Designer Series Paper (DSP).  I wasn't sure what to give out, so my hubby suggested Twix bars, as our son was turning two - great idea!

This banner has a bit of a story behind it.  I had purchased it a few years ago from Stampin' Up, and the idea is that you lay the stencils on top and spritz with colored water.  Do you think that worked for me?!  Nope.  It kept bleeding underneath and made me so frustrated.  Stampin' Up was lovely in that they let me pick something else out of the catalogue as an apology (and I signed up to be a demonstrator soon after that!).  About a year later my upline suggested using a brayer and so I tried that, but it wouldn't get right to the edge of the stencils, and then I had the brilliant idea to use the Sponge Daubers.  They worked perfectly!  And I am so happy with how this turned out and now have a birthday banner!

Here's a couple more close up.



And finally, here is the card I made for our boy's birthday.  Once again featuring the Foxy Friends stamp set and coordinating paper.

Hope you enjoyed this post!! <3 JEM

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Watercolor Thank You Cards

Good evening, everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful day today.  Just wanted to share a couple of thank you cards I made back in May or June (yep, can't remember). I have two different versions of the same card.  This first card is actually the result I was going for.  I found a description of this technique on Instagram, I believe.  You're supposed to color on a clear stamping block with the markers of your choice, spritz it with water, and then press your watercolor paper to the block and see what result you get.  This was my second attempt.



This card was actually my first attempt - after I fixed it.  I accidentally overdid it with the water spritzing and so the ink was pretty much just running off the paper.  So I got out my Stampin' Up Aqua Painters and went to work.  It turned out great, but I was pretty worried that I'd wasted a whole sheet of watercolor paper - that stuff is precious!  The colors I used were Lost Lagoon and Blackberry Bliss (both retired).  The stamp set is also retired from the Holiday Catalogue a few years ago.. I can't remember the name of it for the life of me right now, sorry!  If you want me to go look it up, let me know and I will! 
Our son gave one of these cards to his music teacher at the end of this term - she was pretty happy!  Hope you have a great long weekend! <3 JEM

Saturday, July 23, 2016

July Birthdays

Happy Saturday, everyone!  Hope you are having a beautiful day today like we are!  I'm so glad it's nice out, as we're celebrating my husband's 30th birthday today with an outdoor BBQ. 

Here's the card I made for his birthday.  It feature's Stampin' Up's Number of Years stamp set, as well as Balloon Celebration.  I love how the framelits and punches made this card so easy to put together - no tedious fussy cutting required!

My husband's father shares the same birthday, and yep, another milestone year!  I kept this one simple as well, with the Number of Years set and the framelits to cut the Designer Series Paper (quite retired!).
Anyway, the reason I actually came on the computer was to make sure my phone was backed up, as it keeps dying so I have to get a new one - so I should probably get back to party preparations!  Enjoy your weekend! <3 JEM

Friday, July 15, 2016

Babymoon Christmas Cards

Hello, everyone!  Today I'm sharing the cards I made on my babymoon in May.  I thought it would be a good time to get a head start on my Christmas cards for this year - I typically choose 8-10 different designs, and then make 8 of each so it really doesn't take that long.  Some of you are probably thinking that I'm crazy to want a babymoon where I was tucked away in my craft room, but for me, that was totally the thing I needed: some creative time all alone to recharge. 

So here we go!  This first card features the stamp set Wonderland from Stampin' Up.  It reminds me of cross country skiing with my family when I was young - just the starkness of the landscape and how beautiful it is.

This card is made quite simply with washi tape and layering - nice and fast when you're assembly lining it!  It features the stamp sets Festival of Trees and White Christmas for the sentiment.

This next card features a little deer that I've always loved - Dasher from Stampin' Up.  It's been retired for a few years but I've held onto it.  The snowflakes and sentiment are from the set Endless Wishes.

And finally, for a more traditionally-colored card!  This features some lovely Designer Series Paper from either last year or the year before (yeah, I kind of have a paper hoarding problem!) - I believe the series had something to do with Nordic Noel??  The sentiment is from last year's Among the Branches.  Anyway, I'm off to start making thank you cards for the baby gifts we're receiving now!  Have a nice day! <3 JEM

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Wedding Cards

Hello everyone!  I was recently asked to make some wedding cards for a friend of mine, with the specifications that they be lacy and old-fashioned.  I had some fun making these and was finally able to deliver them this weekend, as the previous two were tied up with things like childbirth and sewer backups.  You know, normal kind of things. :)

Anyway, here they are!  This first card is a variation of one I've made before, just using different colors.  It features the Butterfly Basics stamp set and framelits, and I used the retired Blackberry Bliss for the rich purple.


This next card is one that I had seen on Pinterest and adored, but had never recreated.  It uses some lovely embellishments from the previous Stampin' Up Occasions catalogue and the stamp set For The New Two.  I used Pistachio Pudding for my contrasting color, as I don't own the newer Mint Macaron.

This final card features a bunch of retired sets, actually... everything on this card is retired haha!  The bicycle is from a Sale-a-Bration set a few years back - names are escaping me at the moment.  Anyway, hope you liked these cards! <3 JEM