Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Washington State Pretty Pals, Swapping, Stampin' Up Catalog Premeire = Good Times

Top LtoR: Carrie Young, Jeanette Sworthout, Me - Jennifer Buchanan
Bottom LtoR: Heather Kumlar, Shirley Sumption, and Deanna Kirchoff
Not picture, but was in our group: Linda Sperline and Emily Christiansen
We just didn't remember to take pictures tell we were leaving. I think we
were all to distracted by the new catalog and the good conversation.
This is the card I made (pictured below) for the Stampin' Pretty Pals (above) that I met up with at the Stampin' Up Catalog Premier. Here is what I used to make the card:

I discovered the Retro Sketches Blog when I was surfing the internet one day. I liked this sketch so much that I saved it to use later. (picture of the sketch is to the left of the card below)
The phrase I used came from the "Yippee Skippee" clear mount stamp set. I stamped it in Baked Brown Sugar Ink on Whisper White cardstock.
The base of the card is Whisper White, then Baked Brown Sugar and Whisper White again.
I punched the flowers out of Bermuda Bay cardstock using the Petite Petals Punch. Which is currently in the Occasions catalog but is being carried over into the new annual Stampin Up catalog that goes live on June 2nd, 2014. Yeah! I love this punch. I curve the petals up by using my bone folder to roll them up a bit and then adhered them to the card with glue dots and dimensionals.
I had a bunch of Large and Regular size rhinestones that I added to each flower.
The pattern paper is Whisper White and Strawberry Slush. The middle and right strips of paper come from the current 2013-2015 In Color Designer Series Pattern Paper Stack but the first one on the left is from the Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper Pack. Unfortunately it will be retiring for good on June 1st. But that's the only part of my card that won't be available for purchase after June 4th or until supplies last.
So since convention is coming up in July and I'll need card fronts to swap with other demos I meet, I going to use this design and change that one strip of paper out for another pattern paper. 1 design down and a few more to go. :)

On a side note, at the last minute I got a wild hair up my butt to update and print a few business cards  so I could slip them in with my cards for everyone. I was in the middle of separating the business cards and a light bulb went off in my head. How cute would it be to add a flower and a rhinestone to the corner and give my business card a 3 dimensional look. I don't have many light bulb moments, so I was a bit ecstatic. I designed them on the Avery website with some printable business cards I bought a long time ago. But since I want a lot more, I decided to take a look at Vista Print and I found a similar purple design with a butterfly that I really like and I could still add a rhinestone too. I just gotta wait tell I get a little more money before I can place an order.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Birthday Cake

I had quiet a few Birthdays in March. So instead of handing out the same card to everyone, I made everyone there own unique card and this was one of them. Plus I wanted it to be a little more special since we were having a luncheon to celebrate 3 of the Birthdays together. So I dove into some of my retired Stampin' Up supplies as well as some current from the 2013-2014 Annual Catalog.

I used a retired SaleAbration stamp set called Happy Moments. I stamped the cake in current Basic Grey ink on a 2 inch wide Whisper White piece of card stock and then used a Scallop Tag Topper Punch from the current semi annual catalog to punch the top out. The ribbon was something I found at Michael's craft store, I think. It went well with the card so I used it. The Pistachio Pudding and Regal Rose card stock and ink are current, but the Regal Rose Designer Series paper is retired now. I put it all on a Whisper White card stock base. The Rhinestones and the white Signo pen I used in the center of the little flowers on the cake are both still current. I have no idea which yellow I used on the cake, but any yellow would work just fine for the candles.

Birthdays are like Hairballs....

I made this cute Birthday card for a friend of the family that loves cats.
I used one of my favorite stamp sets Giggle Greetings on page 29 of the 2013-2014 Annual Stampin' Up catalog with Island Indigo and Pumpkin Pie Ink on Whisper White. Then I cut it out with one of the Window Frames Collection from page 186 of the 2013-2014 Annual Stampin' Up catalog.
The base of the card is Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White. The 2 - 2 inch circles were punched out from the Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper on page 150 of the 2013-2014 Annual Stampin' Up catalog, but the Island Indigo polka dot is a Retired Regals Color Collection Designer Series paper stack. I used some twine I found at Joanne's cause I wanted something heavier then what Stampin' Up had available. The Pumpkin Pie Button is retired now but it came from the Brights Designer Buttons pack.