Thursday, March 10, 2011

Spring is just around the corner ...

I feel like spring is "just around the corner." The rain, warmer weather and seeing a robin makes me believe that OR it could the beautiful spring cards that I made for my stamp-a-stack classes this month.

My first card uses the adorable ice cream parlor DSP which is part of our Sale-a-Bration promotion -- it's FREE with a $50 purchase. Just a quick plug -- Sale-a-bration ends on MARCH 31, 2011. If you haven't placed your SAB order with me, don't wait you may miss this great opportunity to get FREE stuff!

I CASEd this card here. Supplies used:  Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive card stock and Stampin' Write markers; Peach Parfait Stampin' Write marker; Ice Cream Parlor DSP; Scallop Border punch and button from Ice Cream Parlor Ribbon & Button Pack (Sale-a-Bration FREE item).

Easter Blooms -- I love this stamp set!  It is so beautiful and not just for Easter.  Check out the next two cards.  The first one is an Easter card that I was inspired by here.  Look closely -- I put pearls in the girl's basket to look like eggs!! 

Supplies used:  Easter Blooms stamp set; So Saffron, Perfect Plum, Wild Wasabi and Very Vanilla card stock; Basic Black embossing powder; Elegant Lines embossing folder; Scallop Oval XL and Oval Large punches; Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon, Basic Pearls and Stampin' Dimensionals.

This next card uses the tree branch of blossoms from the same stamp set.  I CASEd the card from Selene's blog.  I love her cards.  This one was just too beautiful to change.  I used the "resist" technique -- stamp the image using Stazon on glossy card stock.  Using a white crayon, color in the blossoms.  When you sponge the ink on the image, the blossoms that have been colored with the crayon will resist the ink.  It makes the blossoms pop!  Using that white crayon on white card stock reminds me of coloring Easter eggs.  We would use the same resist technique with the white crayon on the hard-boiled egg to make everyone an egg with their name on it!!!

Supplies used:  Easter Blossoms & All Holidays stamp sets; Springtime Vintage DSP; Glossy cardstock; Wild Wasabi card stock and ink; Very Vanilla card stock; Stazon and Baja Breeze ink; Framed Tulips embossing folder; white crayon and Baja Breeze seam binding ribbon.

This next card was made with one of my favorite customer's in mind -- Mary Ann.  She is a very talented seamstress and makes beautiful quilts for many people in our church.  In fact, I think every baby that has been born receives a quilt from Mary Ann.  When I saw the Sew Suite stamp set in the Occasions Mini, I knew I had to make a card that Mary Ann would love.  I CASEd the card here.

Supplies used:  Sew Suite & Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp sets; Sweet Stitches DSP; Regal Rose, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi and Whisper White card stock; Blender Pen; Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Modern Label  & Word Window punches, Whisper White taffeta ribbon, Pompom trim, Linen thread and Tempting Turquoise button.

My last card uses the Presto Patterns Specialty Paper requested by one of my other good customers -- Fran.  In fact, all I have are wonderful customers -- I love them all.  She has the paper but didn't know how to use it.  I was so glad that she asked and I was able to help her.  Remember, any product you have and want to know how to use -- just ask me.  I'm your personal crafty customer service specialist!!!

I CASEd this card here.  I used my brayer and Regal Rose ink to add color to the specialty paper.  It was very easy because the paper accepts the color so easily and what a beautiful result.  Notice that the flowers are stamped using the "rock 'n roll" technique.  Stamp the flower first in Regal Rose and then gently rock 'n roll the inked stamp on the Early Espresso ink pad -- then stamp on your card stock.  To soften the look I sponged everything using Early Espresso.

Supplies used:  Medallion, Vintage Vogue & Occasional Quotes (Hostess Level 3) stamp sets; Whisper White, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso card stock; Presto Patterns Specialty Paper; Old Olive, Regal Rose and Early Espresso ink; Eyelet Border & Corner rounder punches; Old Olive 5/8" satin ribbon; Linen thread; Rhinestone Circle Fire brad; Neutral brads; sponge and Stampin' Dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my cards for this month's classes. I'd like to post more often and maybe I can make time to do that but you can always see the stuff I've been working on for my class by the 10th of each month.

Enjoy your day.