February 26, 2010

For My Sister

Hello everyone.  Happy Friday!  The week just flew by for me.  I swear it feels llike yesterday was only Monday.  I don't know how an entire week can sneek by. 
Today's project was created with my sister in mind.  She lives in San Diego, CA.  I sent it to her this week because she's having shoulder surgery today.  Needless to say, she's apprehensive and wants to just get it over with.  It'll be a bumpy road for her for the next several weeks of therapy and recovery.  I wanted to send her this card to help cheer her on. 

I used the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set for this card.  I just love the flowered branch.  To produce the coral colored flowers, I first inked up the entire stamp with Certainly Celery ink.  I took a baby wipe and cleaned the ink off of the little blooms.  I then colored ink back onto them with a Cameo Coral marker, then (don't forget to huff on the somewhat dried ink) stamped the image on paper. 
I repeated the process on a part of the stamp I wanted to use as the embellishment in the hodgepodge hardware circle.  I punched a 1" circle of chocolate chip cardstock, applied it to the back of the hardware piece using crystal effects.   Then, using the 3/4" circle punch, I punched out the part of the flower image I wanted to use, and popped it up on a dimensional.  I used chocolate chip brads to hold down the hardward to the paper.  I like the contrast against the vanilla hardware piece.
I used an image  from the Boho Backgrounds stamp set to add some interest to the Cameo Coral layer.  The rest is pretty well self explanatory.  Thanks for stopping by today.  I'll be back again on Monday.  Have a great weekend!
The recipe:
Stamps:  Thoughts and Prayers, Boho Backgrounds (retired)
Paper:  Cameo coral, certainly celery cardstock and designer series paper, chocolate chip, very vanilla
Ink:  Certainly celery, chocolate chip
Accessories:  Hodgepodge hardware, brads, CB embossing folder, corner punch (marvy), chocolate gingham ribbon (from my stash), cameo coral marker.

February 24, 2010

Flight of the Butterfly

Hello everyone.  Can you believe we're coming to the end of February?  I think Mother Nature hasn't been informed.  As I write this post, it's zero degrees F, and the windchill is well below zero.  I dont'think there will be any butterflies flitting around any time soon.  Isn't it great that, through the magic of stamping, butterflies can appear and give the feeling of spring!
Flight of the butterfly is one of my favorite Stampin' Up! stamp sets (I think I say that a lot.  I guess I have a lot of favs :-)  The main butterfly is inked up in bashful blue.  I then gave the edges a darker shading by doing the rock and roll technique.  This is done by rolling the very edges of the stamp in a darker ink (in this case pacific point -retired).  The little butterflies are die cuts from the new beautiful wings embosslit.  I especially love the tiny one.  And, what would a card be without a little bling?  I added dazzling diamonds glitter in the very center of the flowers on the main butterfly and gems (from my stash) in the corner. 
Thanks for stopping by today!
The recipe:
Stamps:  Flight of the Butterfly
Paper:  Bashful blue, pacific point (retired), white, bashful blue designer paper series
Ink:  Bashful blue, pacific point (retired), black
Accessories:  Bashful blue gingham ribbon (retired), CB embossing folder, gems, beautiful wings embosslit, black marker, Spellbinder nestie die, glue pen, dazzling diamonds glitter

February 23, 2010

Is That the Sky?

Today, I decided to try something a little different.  I wanted to have the background "sky" blend into the card instead of having a blue sky that would contrast.  I think it's kind of interesting.  I made a cloud template out of a clear window sheet using the scallop circle punch.  It's so cool because I can see through it and can place it exactly where I want to.  That really helps to be able to make a varied cloud bank.  I sponged the clouds in more mustard ink.
The base of the card, as well as the petals of the flower, are apricot appeal.  I sponged the petals with more mustard, then spritzed them with the spritzer tool using  a chocolate chip marker.  The center of the flower is a 1" circle of more mustard and a 3/4" circle more mustard dsp.  That's popped up on a dimensional and finished off with a sweet little button threaded with linen thread.  Behind the flower is an old olive layer cut with a nestie and embossed with a CB embossing folder.  The gingham ribbon is retired mellow moss.  I sure wish SU would bring back all the gingham colors.  I really love them.  The dsp on the bottom of the card is from the Welcome Neighbor dsp out of the sale-a-bration mini catalog. 
The colors on the card came out a little funny.  I'm going to have to play around with my lighting to see if I can get future posts looking better.  
Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look around.
The recipe:
 Stamps:  Garden Greetings (sentiment)
Paper:  Welcome Neighbor dsp, apricot appeal, very vanilla, old olive
Ink:  Chocolate chip, more mustard
Accessories:  Nesties, CB embossing folder, gold brads, gingham ribbon, small oval, 1" circle, 3/4" circle and word window punches, dimensional, 1/8" hand held punch, button, linen thread

February 22, 2010

One Excited Little Boy

I got a phone call from my little 7 year old nephew yesterday.  He told me that he came in 2nd place in his Boy Scout pinewood derby.  He was so excited and happy!  I just had to make a quick card for him to congratulate him.  He told me his car was chrome, blue and white, so, those are the colors I decided to use. 
I think I put this card together in about 15 minutes.  The silver "layer" around the white cardstock background was done with a silver paint pen.  It's a great trick to make it look as if I have a layer of silver cardstock underneath.  The sentiment was stamped in white craft ink and embossed with white embossing powder.  I also took the silver paint pen around that piece.  I did some faux stitching with the pen all around the "U".  Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day!
The recipe:
Stamps:  All About You (retired)
Paper:  Silver, Brilliant Blue, White
Ink:  Craft white, brilliant blue
Accessories:  Gingham ribbon (unknown--just had it in my stash), Large and small star punches, CB embossing folder, silver start brads (from my stash), silver gel pen, white embossing powder, silver paint pen, paper piercer

February 21, 2010

Mmmm, Razzleberry

Ever since Stampin' Up! came out with the Razzleberry color, I keep thinking that it should be made into a pie :-)  How about cherry and razzleberry pie topped with vanilla ice cream.  Mmmm.  Instead of pie, I turned the razzleberry into a sweet card.  This one is a project I had for this month's card classes.  I don't know if you can pick it up too well, but there is a flower stamped on the lavender cardstock in the background.  I like how the little punched flowers mimic the flowers in the dsp.  Thanks so much for stopping by. 
 Here's the recipe:
Stamps:  Greenhouse Garden, Teeny Tiny Wishes (sentiment)
Paper:  Pale plum, razzleberry, white, razzleberry dsp, certainly celery
Ink:  Pale plum, razzleberry
Accessories:  Celery ribbon, trio flower punch, 1 1/4" square punch, word window punch, modern label punch, dimensionals, scallop trim border punch

February 20, 2010

Blog Update

Welcome everyone and thanks for stopping in.  I am in the process of getting my blog up and running YET AGAIN!  I had some difficulty with my previous blog provider, so I decided to switch everything over to Blogspot.  I have to redesign my blog, so until I do, it will look rather plain.  I plan on playing around with it until I get it just right.  Hopefully it won't take too long!  Have a great day!

Brrr, It's Cold!

We just can't seem to get away from winter this year! We've gotten so much snow that I thought this card was very appropriate. This little guy was made from Jackie Topa's instructions found here. He's made with several SU punches. I really enjoyed putting him together. To give the penguin a little highlight, I outlined him here and there with a white pencil color. The scarf is some gingham ribbon I had at home. I snipped the ends to make it look like the fringe of a scarf. For the background, I tore a piece of copy paper and masked off the ground area. I then used my home-made cloud pattern to sponge in the clouds and sky. I made my cloud pattern by using the round scallop punch to punch out 3 circles out of a clear window sheet. I taped them together and voila, a cloud bank. It's wonderful, because I can see through it and it helps me plan my sponging. Once the sky was done, I unmasked the ground, put a little glue on it here and there using my 2 way glue pen, then sprinkled with dazzling diamonds glitter. Isn't he cute?!

Thanks for stopping by.

The recipe:
Stamps: Like it a Latte (sentiment)
Paper: Tempting turquoise, black, white, pumpkin pie
Ink: Tempting turquoise, black
Accessories: Punches--wide oval, small oval, large oval, 1 1/4" circle, 5 petal flower, black brads, dazzling diamonds, 2 way glue pen, cloud template, sponge, ribbon, white pencil color, dimensionals, CB embossing folders, Nestability dies.

6 Responses to “Brrr, It’s Cold!”

Marie says:

February 16, 2010 at 7:28 pm (Edit)

I love penguins, and this is a cute one!! Love it!

Marlene says:

February 17, 2010 at 2:03 pm (Edit)

Your penguin is absolutely the cutest!!!

Sylvie says:

February 17, 2010 at 2:21 pm (Edit)

Very cute penguin! Send some snow and winter our way… it’s been too warm for us here and not enough snow to enjoy snowshoeing etc…

bonnierose says:

February 17, 2010 at 2:41 pm (Edit)

love that cloud bank.. perfection!

Sew-Ink says:

February 18, 2010 at 6:34 pm (Edit)

Very cute, love the clouds in the background!

Jacqueline (Scraps of Life) says:

February 19, 2010 at 1:23 am (Edit)

Terri, this card is too adorable! Great job with the clouds! And that penguin is just the cutest thing! I love that you embossed the oval behind him too, it adds some nice texture! Great card!

Cute and Wild

I'm a little under the weather today, so I thought I'd just do a quick post. This card is a cute and simple child's card using the lion from the Wild About You stamp set. The background is a Rubbernecker's stamp. The "ground" that the lion is standing on was done with an oval stamp I made. You know the left over rubber you have when you punch out your stamps? I took the cushion layer off, punched the rubber out with the small oval punch, put cling back on the new oval stamp and, voila, an oval stamp. I masked off the lion's legs and stamped the oval to make the lion look like he's standing on something instead of just floating.

Thanks for stopping by!

The Recipe:
Stamps: Wild About You, Rubbernecker background
Paper: Green Galore, chocolate chip, whisper white
Ink: Chocolate chip, green galore
Accessories: Chocolate chip twill ribbon, word window punch, ticket corner punch
« Vintage Vogue and a Tip!Brrr, It’s Cold! »Cute and Wild

Feb 15th, 2010 by Terri Edit
Thanks for stopping by!
The Recipe:
Stamps: Wild About You, Rubbernecker background
Paper: Green Galore, chocolate chip, whisper white
Ink: Chocolate chip, green galore
Accessories: Chocolate chip twill ribbon, word window punch, ticket corner punch

2 Responses to “Cute and Wild”

Marie says:

February 15, 2010 at 11:44 am (Edit)

It’s a cute card, and I hope you feel better soon!!

Jenn says:

February 18, 2010 at 11:04 am (Edit)

Really simple and cute! Love the colors. The green looks great, and how clever to make your own stamp!

Vintage Vogue and a Tip

Hello everyone! For today's card, I used the new Vintage Vogue clear mount stamp set from Stampin' Up! The new images are so gorgeous. I think I'm going to be using this set A LOT! I also used the new border punches available in the Occasions mini catalog and Sale-a-Bration catalog. The texture in the background was done using a CB embossing folder. The "friend" sentiment was done by inking the word with a marker because I wanted to leave the "S" off the end. I then inked the stamp up in Razzleberry ink, stamped it, cut it out and popped it up on a dimensional.

The Recipe:
Stamps: Vintage Vogue, Vintage Labels (happy birthday sentiment)
Paper: Rich razzleberry, more mustard, whisper white, Walk in the Park dsp
Ink: More mustard, rich razzleberry
Accessories: Pinking hearts and scallop trim border punches, CB embossing folder, little leaves sizzlet die, nestability dies, razzleberry polkadot ribbon, old olive ribbon, gems, diemensional.

Now, as promised in my last post, I have a tutorial for a great, flat tied bow. I love all the new wide ribbons that Stampin' Up has available, but getting a tied bow to lay flat and have the tails go the right direction is a challenge. I was playing around with the ribbon and came up with this technique. It was kind of one of those "hit your head with your hand and say, why didn't I think of that before?" moments. This is my first tutorial, so please be patient. I hope to improve as I go along.

To begin, gather your supplies: your project cardstock, a longer piece of ribbon( long enough to fit over your cardstock plus some extra allowed for a knot), a shorter piece of ribbon for the "tails", tape and good sharp ribbon scissors (they are labeled ribbon and I only use them to clip ribbon so they stay nice and sharp).

To begin, the bow, form a very loose slip knot (just like you would make when you begin tying your shoes. This is the point where you can get your ribbon to do what you want it to. The knot area should be nice and flat and the ends should leave the knot in a straight line. Fudge around with this until you get it to look the way you want it to.

Next, pick up the shorter piece of ribbon and insert it into the knot formed in the last step.

Once you have the smaller piece of ribbon into the knot, tighten the ends of the longer ribbon. This forms the bow. The tighter you tighten the ends, the thicker your knot is going to be. I like to leave it flat, so I don't tighten it too much. Trim the tails with your sharp scissors.

Here's the finished bow. I taught this to the ladies in my stamping groups last month, and they loved it. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Thanks for stopping by

8 Responses to “Vintage Vogue and a Tip!”

Rebekka says:

February 11, 2010 at 12:43 pm (Edit)

Great tutorial, and great idea. I am ribbon and bow challenged, so I must try this.

Elisabeth says:

February 11, 2010 at 1:56 pm (Edit)

Thank you so much…I am bow and knot challenged, can’t wait to try this trick!

Katie says:

February 11, 2010 at 3:49 pm (Edit)

Wow! My mom is soooo creative! Now I know were I got it from… Great blog, looks like you’re having fun. Love you!

Jacqueline (Scraps of Life) says:

February 11, 2010 at 4:57 pm (Edit)

What a fun card! I love the gems you added to that scallop border punch! I might have to case that idea And your ribbon tying tutorial was perfect! Easy to understand, and I will definitely be trying your technique out to get those beautiful bows! Fabulous job Terri!

Sew-Ink says:

February 11, 2010 at 7:27 pm (Edit)

Very cute, love the embossing!

elizabeth says:

February 12, 2010 at 12:33 pm (Edit)

Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou for the ribbon demo. I managed to confuse 15 class attendees and myself with my last bow. LOL! This month I will show them yours!

Karen imastampin says:

February 12, 2010 at 4:28 pm (Edit)


I love the look of your blog. It is very clean and fresh – uncluttered!

Your tutorial for the bow is a great idea! I like it a lot and your directions are really clear. Good job friend!

Hugs to you,


Marlene says:

February 17, 2010 at 2:26 pm (Edit)

So THAT’s the secret!!!! You don’t know how long I’ve been slappin’ my head, trying to figure out how some people have such perfect bows! Thanks for the tip, sista!

Birthdays are Popping Up Everywhere

Hello everyone. I don't know about you, but it seems that birthdays are just coming at me one after another since Christmas. I can barely keep up. Here's a simple little card that I made for my 9 year old niece. Like many little girls her age, her favorite color is pink. I chose Pretty in Pink and Mambo Melon to give it just the right amount of pink. :-) To add a little sparkle to this cupcake, I used a two way glue pen and added chocolate chip glitter and popped it up on a dimensional. The little gems in the corners are actually heart shaped. I'm sure my niec will love it.

For all you that are bow-tying challened, and you know who you are, I'll have a little tip in my next post on how to get the perfect bow look seen on this card. Thanks for stopping by for a visit.
The Recipe:
Stamps: Out of the Box, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: White, Pretty in Pink, Mambo Melon
Ink: Black Staz On
Accessories: Mambo melon polka dot ribbon, CB embossing folder, dimensional, SU markers, heart-shaped gems, eyelet border punch.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Feb 9th, 2010 by Terri Edit

6 Responses to “Birthdays are Popping Up Everywhere!”

Marsha says:

February 9, 2010 at 10:33 pm (Edit)

This is a perfect card for a 9 year old girl! I love how you used the Out of the Box stamp set…I must get mine out! Another great card….I’m loving your blog.:)

Rebekka says:

February 10, 2010 at 2:07 pm (Edit)

This is so cute for a 9 year old.

Jacqueline (Scraps of Life) says:

February 10, 2010 at 2:16 pm (Edit)

Fabulous birthday card! i love pink too so this definitely caught my eye And can’t wait for your ribbon tying tips! I’m still perfecting my ribbon tying technique, so I’m sure your tips will help me…haha.

Mary says:

February 10, 2010 at 4:18 pm (Edit)

Very cute card! I’m just getting into stamping and find it very addictive. LOL



Mary says:

February 10, 2010 at 6:01 pm (Edit)

Thank you for the sweet comments on my blog. LOL I didn’t have a clue how to do it, but i like the way it turned out. I do a lot of scrapbooking and card making so as soon as I start feeling better I’ll get some of them posted. Do you mind if I follow your blog?

Karen imastampin says:

February 12, 2010 at 4:30 pm (Edit)

Very cute! I love that popping up cupcake.

For My Friend

Hello everyone! Well, it's Super Bowl Sunday and I'm geared up to watch the big game tonight. First off, I wanted to get this card posted. It is a very special card I made for my next door neighbor, who recently lost her mother. I lost my mom in October and when my siblings and I were going through her things, I came across a calendar she used every day. It's a calendar of daily reflections about angels. The sentiment on the front of the card was the reflection for the day my neighbor's mother passed away. I computer generated the sentiment and created the card from there. The sentiment and the layer behind it were die cut using my nesties.

The recipe:
Cardstock: Blush blossom, whisper white, silver
Ink: Basic gray, blush blossom
Accessories: Silver organza ribbon, elegant bouquet embossing folder, MS butterfly punch, pearls, dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jacqueline (Scraps of Life) says:

February 8, 2010 at 1:00 pm (Edit)

Beautiful card, Terri! Love the soft colors, and all your little details are such a nice touch! That nestie is gorgeous

Marsha says:

February 9, 2010 at 10:30 pm (Edit)

It’s a beautiful card, but the thoughts behind it are even more beautiful! I love how you incorporated the little calendar quote from your mom’s calendar…that will mean a lot to your neighbor. Fantastic card!

Rebekka says:

February 10, 2010 at 2:08 pm (Edit)

This is stunning. Beautiful embossing.

Karen imastampin says:

February 12, 2010 at 4:33 pm (Edit)

This is really beautiful Terri. The sentiment is perfect for your neighbor. You are awesome friend.



My First Post!

Hello everyone and welcome to my new blog. If you only knew what it took to get this up and running! Whew! It's been like trying to learn a foreign language. I guess for me it is. Computers and I don't really get along. I'm sure a lot of you know what I'm talking about. :-) Fortunately there were wonderful people at Stampin' Addicts that helped me through all the computer lingo. I've still got so much to learn, but at least I've got the basics covered and can start having fun posting. That's what it's really all about. I will try and keep my blog mostly Stampin' Up, but I can't live without my CB embossing folders and Spellbinder dies, so you will see those being used.
I thought it only right that my first post should include a card I made for my sweet husband for Valentine's Day. He's the love of my life and my biggest supporter. He's always got my back and I'm so lucky to be married to him!
When I first saw the Like-O-Meter stamp in the Occasions mini catalog, it just cracked me up. I knew I had to have it and make my hubby's card with it. There's lots of new Stampin' Up goodies used on this card. I had so much fun playing and getting it designed. I tried not to make it too fussy in order to keep it more masculine.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Like-O-Meter, I (Heart) Hearts
Cardstock: Soft suede, real red, very vanilla, basic black.
Inks: real red, black staz on, soft suede
Accessories: Soft suede polka dot ribbon, pinking heart border punch, small heart punch, heart to heart punch, my way punch, horizontal slot punch, CB heart embossing folder, clear block, dimensionals, crystal effects, black glitter, heart brad.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!
14 Responses to “My Very First Post!”

Elisabeth says:

February 5, 2010 at 7:55 am (Edit)

Cute card, He’s gonna love it! Congrats on getting the blog up and running!

Kelly says:

February 5, 2010 at 8:47 am (Edit)

How cute is this! Love your blog and title – very creative! Wonderful card and blog!

Pat (mspfd) says:

February 5, 2010 at 9:24 am (Edit)

Congratulations on becoming a blogger. You will definitely have a fun time and meet lots of blogging buddies. Love your card; it’s adorable!

MaryR says:

February 5, 2010 at 11:15 am (Edit)

cute card and great banner – welcome to blogging!

Allison Ohran says:

February 5, 2010 at 11:33 am (Edit)

Too cute! You’ve got a great start to your blog.

Yapha says:

February 5, 2010 at 11:52 am (Edit)

Congratulations on your new blog! You are off to a great start!

Melissa says:

February 5, 2010 at 1:15 pm (Edit)

Very cute card! I love all of the elements on it. Great job on your blog too!

Jacqueline (Scraps of Life) says:

February 5, 2010 at 2:00 pm (Edit)

Terri! I’m soooooo excited to see that you’ve started your own blog! And you’re off to a great start with it! I know you’ll do great And this card is awesome. I love the stamped background, and that Like-o-meter stamp is just to die for! Great job! And I can’t wait to see more from you!

jentimko says:

February 5, 2010 at 2:24 pm (Edit)

What a great card! Super job on the new blog…I’m looking forward to new entries!

Marie says:

February 5, 2010 at 3:19 pm (Edit)

Very cute card, Terri. Welcome to blog-land! Glad to see you here

Faith says:

February 5, 2010 at 11:24 pm (Edit)

What a FUN Blog!!! You go girl!!

Marsha says:

February 6, 2010 at 10:40 am (Edit)

Yay!!! You got it going and it looks FABULOUS! I’m so excited that you’re blogging. Your valentine card for hubby is awesome. He will love it!

Karen imastampin says:

February 12, 2010 at 4:36 pm (Edit)

What a great Valentine for your hubby. You are lucky to have each other. Here’s to love!



Cindy E. says:

February 12, 2010 at 6:38 pm (Edit)

I absolutely adore this card! So, when is your next post??? I can’t wait to see what else you’re making!