Monday, February 20, 2017

Sweet and Flirty Birthday Card

We are having beautiful spring like weather here in Minnesota this weekend.  We hit an all time record on Friday with the temp reaching 65.  I was lucky enough to get out and enjoy the afternoon having lunch with my sisters.  I stopped by the craft store to pick up a couple things and couldn't wait to get home to play in my craft room.  I just yearned to make some spring themed cards, so I reached for some flowers and gingham.  The stamps are called Avant Garden, and they are free during SaleABration with a qualifying purchase.  Quick, fun and easy is what I call this card.  Except for a little masking on the flowers, the stamping is fun and easy.  My little tip, if you like to do masking, is to stamp your image on a post-it note paper and cut it out, then I save that image in the stamp case and reuse it. I backed the flowers with a little gingham print from Succulent Garden DSP. 
I was looking for a little challenge for my card, so I used beautiful color combination from As You See It Challenge #143 to use Dapper Denim, Sweet Sugarplum, and Flirty Flamingo.  It went felt a little daring to use denim for my greenery, but I like the way it turned out. 
I found a simple layout perfect for my card from the Stampin Girls Gone Wild Weekend Card ChallengeHandstamped Sentiments Challenge 257 is all about spring and flowers and bright colors, and that's what I was trying to accomplish with my card too.  I'll share this card with SU-Only Challenge #148, where they are looking for ways to use SaleABration products, and the stamp set came from there. I love to play along with the card challenges, and I think I'm on a roll, so come back again tomorrow to see another fast and fun card I am making. 

Mary Alice


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Fast and Fun Birthdays

It's been a great weekend for stamping with the sun shining and the spring like weather, and I have been so inspired to create.  I also love it when you find a sentiment that is the focal point of the card. The Big On Birthdays stamp set has wonderful large images that make for fast and fun card.  I have lots of birthday cards to make in the coming weeks, and I am sure this set will get plenty of use.  I started with a lovely spring floral from Bloom & Bliss DSP.  Then I stamped the image and cut it with the Lots of Labels framelits.  I tucked a pretty doily behind it to soften it up a little, and a couple of pearls for some sparkle.  So Easy! 
I found my inspiration in the layout from the Paper Players Challenge 332, my colors came from Color Throwdown Challenge 430 and and Stampin Royalty's Challenge 363 to use Dies this week. 
Stop back soon,
Mary Alice

Designer Tees, times two, if you please

This is a card that is a compilation of so many things that inspired me.  I wanted to use the Designer Tees stamp set I got from SaleABration.  I loved the sayings, but really wasn't crazy about the idea that they should go on tee shirts.  I just wanted to play with them on cards. The first card I created for a swap that I was doing.  The second card was my first design, but I switched things up for my swap card.  The second card's sentiment was just perfect for a birthday card that I needed to make.  I saw that someone had cut off the happy face and stamped a cascade of them on a card, and I had to try it, and added a birthday greeting inside. 
All the hot air balloons from the Carried Away DSP make me smile.  I find it delightful to create with this paper, and it's free from SaleABration with a qualified purchase, too. 
Then I saw someone else use the Stitched Framelits to make a quilt design, like I did on my card.  It was a lot of work, as I needed to make a dozen of these cards for a swap I was in.  It required cutting out squares, then I cut them in half diagonally, then put them back into a square to get the stitching on the diagonal cut edge, too.  It was one of those trial and error projects before I came up with a method that worked for me, but once I figured out what I wanted to do, it was so much fun.  
I love doing card challenges, so I will share my cards with Stampin Royalty Challenge 363.  Their challenge this week was to use dies, and I sure had fun doing that.  The layout inspiration came from InkSpire Me Challenge #288, but I took the liberty of putting my sentiment in the center.  Over at the SU-Only Challenge 168, they are looking to see what we are making with our SaleABration products. 
I can't wait to make some more cards for tomorrow.  It's a beautiful day, and I am ready to play.  Come see what fast and fun card I'll be making next.  

Mary Alice 

PS,  Someone contacted me asking how I did the pinwheel.  I cut the squares using the 1 3/4" Stitched Framelits.  Next I cut those squares diagonally.  If using a directional print, like I did, be sure you are careful which way you cut diagonally.  Notice the two prints were cut in different directions.  The solid color pieces don't matter, as they work in any direction. 
Next I used the largest Stitched square, with the cut edge facing up.  I placed the cut diagonal edge against the edge of the square, so that I will get the stitches, but not cut the edge.  I held them in place with a post-it while I ran it through the Big Shot. I found I could only manage to keep 2 in place while I ran them through, 4 was too much.  Hope this helps if you want to give it a try.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Carried Away with Brithday Card

 It's been a while since I blogged, and sometimes I need something to get me jump started, so I look for a fun card challenge to get me inspired.  I need to get some birthday cards made, as many birthdays are coming up in March.  I got a little carried away with the Carried Away DSP, which is free during SaleABration, to inspire me with this card.  I just love it when the paper is so clever you can make a card with minimal stamping.   I punched out a couple balloons using the Balloon Bouquet punch, and added a little basket beneath, and popped them up with dimensionals. Then I used the sentiment from Big On Birthdays for the sentiment on the front and inside. 
This clever layout came from the sketch at Mojo Monday challenge 484 and I'm sharing it on SU-Only Challenge 168, because they are looking for cards made with SaleABration products. 
This card was so fun and easy to make, I think I have time to make another one.  Stop by tomorrow to see what else I've created. 

Mary Alice

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Valentine Card Class


Valentine Card Class
Wednesday, February 9  6:30
We will be making these 3 cards, all suitable for mailing, and I will have a fun little 3D project for you to make, too.  Click on the link above to register for the class, or message me here if you'd like to come. 

Bring on the winter stamping!

 I love stamping in January, when I have new stamps and products to play with, but getting motivated this winter was kind of slow.  I had a couple of swaps that I had joined and needed to make cards, but each day I searched for inspiration.  I wanted an original design, but I went looking on various sites to see what others had been doing with new Stampin Up products.  I kept telling myself "make something!  you have a deadline".  One day I was heading to my craft room and I thought to myself, I should try diffusing some oils that would stimulate my creativity.  I grabbed a new oil I had called Clarity, and headed to the craft room.  An idea came to me very soon, and this is the card I created.  I was excited and on a roll.  I had a second card designed and mostly made by the end of the day.  The following day it dawned on me that maybe the Clarity had helped, so I tried it again.  Sure enough, I decided to make a third set of cards for the swap, and then I went on Stampin' Connection and looked for another swap to do.  I was really on a roll.  Found a Valentine swap, joined and made up those cards that day.  I got my mojo back and I have been so busy making cards in January.  I live in Minnesota, so it's great to stay in and watch it snow while I stay cozy in my craft room.  The down side is that when I make cards for swaps, I never post them on social media until after I am sure that everyone in the swap has received their cards.  So, it's time to share.
This card is so simple to make with just a diagonal score on your card front.  The paper is from Sending Love DSPstack.  I cut the delicate hearts and flowers from Sunshine Wishes dies.  The sentiment is from Suite Sentiments, and a couple little hearts stamped from Love Sparkles. 
I hope you enjoy this fun Valentine, and come back to see some others I made tomorrow.

Mary Alice

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Join us for July classes next weekend

Did you have a great 4th of July weekend, but ready for some fun with friends for you?  You can join us next weekend for a couple of fun classes. 
Here's a couple cards we will be making at our class on Saturday.

Saturday, July 9       9:00 am -12:00             RSVP by July 5
Second Saturday Coffee & Cards     Fee $10

We'll have the coffee and donuts ready bright and early, and 4 fun cards for you to make. We are showcasing our new stamp sets and products, and will have some special cards with new In Colors. All cards will be prepped and ready for you to stamp and assemble. All supplies will be provided.

Sunday, July 10      3:00 – 10:00 pm             RSVP by July 5
Second Sunday Sip & Scrap              Fee $12

What's Sip & Scrap? First of all, this is an open scrapbook event, like Crop Nites at Archivers. A chance for you to come and work on your own scrapbooks. The Sip is our signature cocktail (with or without alcohol) that we will be serving at the event. Each month we will have a different drink. We will also order pizza or sandwiches for dinner around 5 – 6:00. You can come when you want, and stay as late as 10:00.
We will not be teaching a class. We will provide the use of our tools, Big Shot with dies, framelits, and embossing folders. Some punches. We will bring stamp sets that we use for scrapbooks, along with a limited supply of ink for you to use. If you have a particular project theme you are working on, and want us to bring a particular product, let us know in advance, so we can bring it for you. We will bring scrapbook paper and stickers (both Stampin Up and other brands) that you can purchase individually as you need them. We will have adhesive available for purchase. 
You will have to bring your own toolkit with all the tools you need for your projects, along with whatever project you want to work on, including photos. We will be here to help with inspiration, if needed, but this is a place to work independently, and we will be working on scrapbooks right along with you.  

Sure hope you can join us.  Just click on the class schedule on the left to register.

Mary Alice