Wednesday, March 28, 2012

My Stampin' Up! Bright Blossoms card is featured on Stampin' Queens Blog Challenge!

This card that I posted yesterday is a Featured Spotlight Card for last Wednesday's sketch (SQSC31) at Stampin' Queens.

Thank you to Stampin' Queens for choosing my card!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Another challenge - Stampin Queens Sketch Challenge SQSC 31

Yes, it's me, again!, with another challenge.  This is the last Sneak Peek as I need to save the excitement for April 1st. I needed to make a card last week, and saw this Stampin Queens Sketch Challenge which was perfect for my design idea.  So here is my entry for SQCS 31!

Stamp Set:  Bright Blossoms

Card Stock:  Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White, Glossy White (for the fussy cut vase with flower to give it a glossy look)

Ink:  Stampin' Write Markers - Real Red, Garden Green, Basic Black

Accessories: Basic Black Satin Ribbon, Real Red 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Punches - Large Scallop Circle, 1-3/4" Circle, Scallop Trim Border

I have to work on my photography, or maybe white is more difficult, because it just isn't showing that I used Stampin' Dimensionals between the card base and the background, underneath the scallop circle and then the vase if affixed to the scallop piece with Stampin' Dimensionals.  It just looks so must better IRL!!!

Here is the sketch:

So head on over to Stampin Queens Sketch Challenge to see what the design team and other entrants did with this sketch.

Keep on stampin'!
Phyllis Strickland

Freshly Made Sketches #27 - Stampin' Up! Bright Blossoms

I haven't had time to participate in Freshly Made Sketches lately, even though the sketches are terrific. As soon as I saw this sketch, I knew it would be perfect for my Sneak Peek of the Stampin' Up! Summer Smooches promotion.  My order didn't arrive until a few days ago and I've been busy, but I manged to get one made just in time. This card is for Freshly Made Sketch #27.

Stamp Set: Bright Blossoms, Petite Pairs (Greeting)

Card Stock:  Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White, Glossy White

Accessories:  Rhinestones; Designer Series Paper - Summer Smooches; Punches - Large Scallop Circle, 1-3/4" circle, 1-3/8" circle, 1-1/4" circle

The Bright Blossoms stamp set and Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper will be available as a Sneak Peek 4/1/12 -
4/31/12 and then in the new Stampin' Up catalog 6/1/12 - 5/31/13)

This photo could be better, but it will have to do for now.  I will replace it later when I have more time.
Phyllis Strickland

Stampin' Up! Mouthwatering and Scented Stampin' Emboss Powder

We made these cards at my Stampin' Up! upline's monthly meeting.  We used the Mouthwatering Stamp Set from the 2012 Occasion Mini Catalog (available until 4/30/2012).  We used a new product, Scented Stampin' Emboss Powder, on the stamped image.  It is available in delicious scents, Vanilla, Melon and Cherry.

Card stock:  Whisper White, Basic Black

Accessories:  1/8" Taffeta Ribbon - Basic Black; Designer Series Paper - Berry Blossoms

The stamps were colored with Stampin' Write Markers and stamped on the Whisper White cardstock.

When the ink was dry, we used a Versamarker to cover the "edible" part of the image so that the emboss powder would stick to it, and then sprinkled it with the Scented Stampin' Emboss Powder.  It was heat embossed with a heat gun.

The colored layer on this card is Calypso Coral cardstock.

Well it is time for some shut eye!  TTYL!

Phyllis Strickland

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Stampin' Up! Tea Shoppe

I really enjoyed making this set of cards that features the Tea Shoppe Stamp Set and Twitterpated Designer Series Paper.  I used this set because it was featured in the February tutorial of a 3 month subscription I purchased from Chat Wszelaki at Me, My Stamps and I.  I want to to give a shout out to Chat because her tutorials are very well done and reasonably priced.  

I changed out a few things, primarily the color scheme,  because I didn’t have enough Pool Party card stock to make 4 sets of the cards and I wanted to use the Pleated Satin Ribbon.  Also, I wanted to showcase my favorite papers from Twitterpated Designer Series Paper.

(The Stampin' up! Tea Shoppe set and Twitterpated Dedsigner Series Paper are featured on every card, so I will not list them in the "recipes.")

Card Stock:  Baja Breeze, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade

Accessories:  Rhinestones;  Ruffled Ribbon - Island Indigo; Punches - Boho Blossoms, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border;  Framelits - Labels Collection.

The Baja Breeze Layer on the sentiment is cut from the same size Framelit Label die, and then cut in half and placed behind the white layer.

Card stock: Blushing Bride, Riding Hood Red,  Whisper White

Accessories:  Rhinestones; Stitched-Poly Ribbon - Blushing Bride;  Stampin' Write Markers - Blushing Bride, Lucky Limeade; Punches - Word Window; Framelits - Label Collection; Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Stripes
The teacup is a mini card.  I stamped it on a folded piece of card stock with the tea cup handle close to the edge. Then I cut out the tea cup, cutting both layers together so they would match perfectly.

Card stock:  Basic Gray, Blushing Bride, Lucky Limeade

Ink:  Basic Gray

Accessories: Pearls;  Pleated Satin Ribbon - Blushing Bride; Boho Blossoms Punch; Framelits - Labels Collection

Card Stock:  Basic Gray, Baja Breeze, Blushing Bride

Ink:  Baja Breeze, Basic Gray

Accessories:  Pearls; Pleated Satin Ribbon - Blushing Bride;  Punches - Large Oval, Scallop Oval;  Framelit - Labels Collection

Phyllis Strickland

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Stampin' Up Sale-A-Bration Cards - Birthday, Friendship and Easter

I meet every month with two other local Stampin' Up! demonstrators to have fun stamping and to swap cards.  I am a bit late with these because they feature Sale-A-Bration rewards, which will not be available after 3/31/12.  However, I am sure many of you will use your stamp sets long after that and you can substitute other designer paper.

Fresh VIntage by Patti Beachy
This Friend card was made by Patti Beachy.

Stamp Set: Fresh Vintage
Card stock:  Very Vanilla,  Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede and Calypso Coral
Ink:  Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede
Accessories: Designer Series Paper - Everyday Enchantment (Sale-A-Bration reward), Mini Brads, Punches - Scallop Trim, Postage, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Small Oval

The next two cards were made by Kathy Braine.
He is Risen by Kathy Braine

The first card is an Easter card that features the new Stampin' Up! Framelits Label Collection and the Sizzix Lattice Die.  She used a smaller size Framelit to cut out the middle to make the big frame.  The cross was made with the lattice die. She die cut the lattice and then cut away sections to make the cross.
Stamp Set:  He Is Risen
Card stock:Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party
Accessories:  Pearls, Twine - Lucky Limeade, Framelits - Label Collection, Sizzix Lattice Die, Designer Series Paper - Everyday Enchantment (Sale-A-Bration reward)

The next lovely card has a vintage feel and features the Sizzlets Paper Doily Die.

Hello Doily by Kathy Braine
She stamped images from Fresh Vintage and Baroque Motifs on Whisper White card stock.  The Hello Doily was stamped on top of those images with Versamark Ink and then heat embossed with White Embossing Paper.  She sponged black ink all over the card stock to make the doily image pop.
She finished off the card with rhinestones and the organdy ribbon. The Framelits Labels Collection dies were used to make the greeting.

If you like the stamp set or designer paper, get it now, it will be gone on March 31, 2012!

I will be back with some cards made with the Tea Shoppe Set and a sneak peek from Summer Smooches, coming to you on April 1.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Phyllis Strickland

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration Event - Floating Reinker and Polished Stone Techniques

Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper, Ribbon & Brad
I held my Annual Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration event the other Saturday.  I ask my customers to give me ideas for techniques they would like to learn.  This year we did Polished Stone  and Floating Reinker techniques.

Here is the sample I made for the Polished Stone technique.  It also features some Sale-A-Bration rewards - Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper, and the Ribbon & Brad Pack.

Stamp Set:  Sweet Cake (sentiment)
Card Stock:  Whisper White, Glossy White, Calypso
Classic Ink Refills: Calypso Coral, Pool Party

I took pictures of some of the cards that my customers made.  This shows how different the Polished Stone will look depending on the amount of reinker that is used and how much it is rubbed into the cardstock.


We also did the Floating Reinker technique.  Here is the class sample which features the Bordering on Romance stamp set from the 2012 Occasions Mini catalog.

Stamp Set: Bordering on Romance
Card Stock:  Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Shimmery White
Ink:  Craft Whisper White
Accessories:  Embossing Powder - White; Classic Ink Refills - Regal Rose, Pretty In Pink, Certainly Celery, Gardne Green; Framelits - Label Collection; Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Tulip Frame

Here a few made by customers. Some chose to use Fifth Avenue Floral instead of Bordering on Romance.

Sale-A-Bration ends March 31, 2012, so there isn't must time left to earn those Sale-A-Bration rewards.

Phyllis Strickland

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

My very first blog award!

I'm so excited to receive my very first blog award!  Stacy at Stacy's Stampin' Spot gave me the Leibster Blog Award.  I was little curious to know what it is and where it came from.  I found out that it started out in Germany (who knew, LOL); according to Google Translate it means "favorite or beloved;" and it is not limited to crafting/papercrafting/rubber stamping, it is for any subject. 
The purpose of the award is to bring attention to blogs with fewer than 200 followers, and they then pay it forward by passing the award on to 5 other small blogs.

Here are the Rules of the Liebster Award:
1.  Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them. Thank you Stacy!
2.  Reveal your five picks for the award and let them know.
3.  Post the award on your blog.
4.  Bask in the love from the supportive people out there in Blog Land!
5.  Finally and the best rule of all ........... have fun and spread the love!
Here are the five blogs that I have chosen. Click on over to their sites, look around and don't forget to become a Follower.  There are so many great blogs out there, it really was hard to choose.

1.    Nicki Scheck
2.  Gina Taylor
3.  Maria Pobre
4.    Karen Squires
5.    Tracey

Don't forget to let them know I sent you!

Phyllis Strickland

Monday, March 19, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day very late...

I got behind on my blogging because I was sick for almost 2 weeks.  I had only enough energy to go to work and get ready for my Annual Sale-A-Bration event which I will tell you about tomorrow.  I had time to make two cards this year, so only my Mom & Dad and one other person got a card this year.

I didn't have much time to get this together and I don't have a current St. Patrick's Day stamp, so I dug into my stash and found this very coveted set called Lucky Me!  I was so lucky (:-) to get it for a decent price a few years ago.

Rainbows are a popular theme for this holiday so I represented the rainbow with ROY G BIV colors (Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Marina Mist, Island Indigo, and Elegant Eggplant) of card stock cut with the Sizzix Tasteful Trim die.  I stamped the little shamrock background stamp all over Whisper White Card Stock to make the background paper.  I glued my "rainbow" strips on it and then mounted it on a Garden Green Cardbase.  I stamped the greeting and punched it with the Designer Label Die.  I punched two more Designer Labels from Garden Green.  I cut one in half lengthwise and the other crosswise, and layered them behind the stamped punch to form a frame.  The pearls were colored with a permanent marker.

So... Happy St. Patrick's Day to you, a little bit late!

Phyllis Strickland

Holiday Greeting Cards - St. Patrick's Day and Easter

This is the last group of swap cards I received at our Monthly Team Meeting.

He is Risen by Julie
Stamp Set:  He Is Risen
Card Stock:  Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White
Ink:  Elegant Eggplant, Stampin' Write Marker - Wisteria Wonder
Accessories: Pearls (colored with permanent marker), Ruffled Ribbon - Wisteria Wonder, In Color Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack - Wisteria Wonder, Framelits - Labels Collection
Heaven Blessed by Julie

Stamp Set:  Heaven Blessed
Card Stock:Island Indigo, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Craft Whisper White
Accessories:Embossing Powder - White, Paper Punch - Ticket Corner, Twine - Island Indigo,  Designer Series Paper - Twitterpated, Embosslit - Beautiful Wings

St Patrick's Day by Daisy M Breighner

This card shows that you don't need a St. Patrick's Day stamp set to make a St. Patrick's Day card. If you own a versatile stamp set like Occasions Alphabet, you are covered for 25 Holidays and Occasions!

If you have a heart punch or Stampin' Up!'s fabulous Fashionable Hearts Embosslit, this shows you that hearts are useful for a lot more than Valentines.  Julie used 3 hearts to make a shamrock!

Stamp Set:  Occasions Alphabet
Card Stock:  So Saffron, Lucky Limeade
Ink:  Basic Black
Accessories: Rhinestone, Embosslit - Fashionable Hearts, Paper Punch - Round Tab, Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Houndstooth

I love the Houndstooth Embossing Folder because it works well in so many different card styles.  It is a classic.

Hope you had a wonderful day,

Phyllis Strickland

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Occasions Greeting Cards

Here are three more cards I received at my Stampin' Up! upline's monthly meeting card swap.  They are suitable for a variety of occasions.

Easy Events by Tiffany Manger
 Stamp Set:  Easy Events

Cardstock:  Baja Breeze, Whisper White

Ink:  Basic Black, Stampin' Write Markers

Accessories:  Dazzling Details - Cherry Cobbler, Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack - Regal Rose, Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Vintage Wallpaper
Perfect Punches and Sizzix Daisies #2 die - artist unknown


Stamp Set:  Perfect Punches

Cardstock: Marina Mist, Very Vanilla

Ink:  Marina Mist

Accessories:  Glimmer Brad - Marina Mist; Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Tulip Frame; Paper Punches - Scallop Oval, Large Oval; Sizzix Die - Daisies #2; Stampin' Sponge
Take It To Heart and Loving Thoughts by Marcia Weimer

Stamp Sets:  Take It To Heart (Banner), Loving Thoughts (greeting)

Cardstock:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Cherry Cobber, Riding Hood Red, Garden Green

Ink:  White StazOn

Accessories:  Silver Mini Brads, Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Manhattan Flower, Boho Blossoms Punch, Bird Builder Punch (leaves)

That's it for today - short and sweet.

Phyllis Strickland

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Happy Birthday cards

My Stampin' Up! upline holds monthly meetings, but I don't go very often because they are 1 1/2 hours away.  She was going to show new products from Leadership this time, so my friend Kathy and I decided to go and we joined in the swap.  I will show you several each day until you have seen all 10 of them.  Today I am showing the Birthday Cards which feature products from the 2012 Occasions Mini Catalog and the Sale-A-Bration free products catalog.

The first card features the new Sizzix Paper Doily Die, one of my favorite items in this Mini Catalog.
Sizzix paper Doily die by Pesci

STAMP SET: A Word for You (Greeting)

CARDSTOCK: Pool Party, Chocolate Chip

INK: Chocolate Chip 

ACCESSORIES:  Satin Ribbon - Chocolate Chip, Designer Series Paper - Attic Boutique (Occasions Mini Catalog), Large Pearl, Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Perfect Polka Dots

Up in the Air - artist unknown
STAMP SET:  Up in the Air  (Occasions Mini Hostess Set) 

CARDSTOCK: Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White

INK: Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede, Shimmer Paint - Frost White

ACCESSORIES:  Ruffled Ribbon - Wisteria Wonder,  Organdy Ribbon (Sale-A-Bration freebie) - Lucky Limeade, Adorning Accents - Edgelits and Textured Impressions Embossing Folder 


Apothecary Art by Cheryl Smythe

STAMP SET: Apothecary Art, Loving Thoughts (Greeting)

CARDSTOCK: Island Indigo, Whisper White

INK:   Basic Black

ACCESSORIES:  Dazzling Diamonds, Adorning Accents - Edgelits and Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

I hope you enjoyed looking at these cards.  

Phyllis Strickland