Saturday, April 30, 2016

Birthday Stamp Camp!

Hey, everybody!  Here are the cards we made at today's stamp camp - all birthdays today!  This first card is a good one for a kid.  It makes use of the stamp set Thankful Forest Friends, and the sentiment is from the Balloon Celebration set in the 2016 Stampin' Up Occasions catalogue.  Balloon Celebration is such a versatile set - I'm so happy I picked it up.

This next card makes use of the Balloon Celebration stamp set as well.  It coordinates with a matching punch for the balloons, which makes it so easy! 

The next card is another child's card - perhaps a little younger than the first one!  I did use some retired product for this card, but you can easily substitute the Designer Series Paper and embellishments for anything new!  The flower is from the Floral Framelits dies, and I used the Owl Punch, as well as the Top Note Bigz die in this card.

This next card was our masculine card for the day.  Everyone always seems to have trouble with ideas for the man-cards :) I made use of the retired Pinwheel Die, and used the Paper Piercing Pack for the circles behind the banners.  You can pierce as many or as few circles as you like!

This final card was something new for Stamp Camp - we did a shaker card!  This features the Party Pants stamp set that was part of Sale-A-Bration this year.  Super cute and flexible!

Oh, and here's a bonus card that we didn't make today.  It's one I made for my brother-in-law's birthday this year.  Also features the Balloon Celebration set, and the sentiment is from the Butterfly Basics stamp set.  Hope you enjoyed! <3 JEM

Saturday, April 16, 2016

My First Paper Pumpkin Kit!

Hey everyone, hope you're enjoying this simply gorgeous weather we are having!  I can't believe it's only April and so warm already... 

Anyway, when I joined Stampin' Up as a demonstrator last August, they included a free Paper Pumpkin kit for me to try out.  If you haven't heard of these, they are a monthly kit that you sign up for (as many or as few months as you wish), and then you receive a little surprise in the mail to put together!  Comes with all the ink, stamps, and other supplies that you will need to have a little crafting adventure.  Pretty fun deal, if you ask me.  So, I finally put mine together and thought I would share it with you.

On a side note, we upgraded our computer this week and I totally detest the new Photos app.  It won't show me my original files in the finder, and when I try to open Gimp to put on my watermark, it just keeps crashing.  So if anyone has any ideas on how to fix this, please let me know.  I'm a bit grumpy that I just wasted almost an hour trying to get things to work.

Enough complaining!! Here are the cards!  They came with cute little individual holders with twine.  Let me know which one is your favorite!  <3 JEM

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Anniversary, Wedding, and Sympathy Cards

Hello, everyone!  4 cards for you today.  This first one is one I made for my hubby for our 5th anniversary.. Seriously, where has the time gone?!  I used Bermuda Bay for color here, with the Something Lacy background stamp, and stamps and dies from the Butterfly Basics kit.

This next card is one I gave to a friend at her wedding shower - we used to work at the library together way back in the day - so happy for her! The border stamp is from the Sale-a-Bration Hello stamp set.  The larger butterfly die is actually cut from wax paper!  It was a leftover I had hanging around and couldn't bear to throw it out.
This card was a special order from a friend for this same shower!  I actually made both cards for my customer and let her choose the one she wanted to give.  It features the Sale-a-Bration stamp set Pedal Pusher, which is so lovely and versatile.  The ribbon is from the 2016 Occasions catalogue - the Pool Party sparkly ribbon.
And finally, a sadly needed sympathy card for an acquaintance whose daughter passed away from cancer, leaving behind a young child.  This card uses the Sale-a-Bration set Flowering Fields, which I embossed in Whisper White craft ink and then colored in with my Stampin' Write Markers.  The dandelions blowing in the wind are from the Balloon Celebration stamp set in the 2016 Occasions catalogue.
Hope you enjoyed these cards! <3 JEM