Thursday, June 28, 2012

Card for my hubbie

Today is my hubbie, Gary's, birthday, and I wanted to make a special card for him. I have had my eye on this cascade or accordian card for a while, and wanted to try making one. I got the idea from Frenchie Martin who has a wonderful video that you can check out here.,along with some great examples. 
I have had pinwheels on my mind this week, ever since I saw 3 little boys shopping with their mom at Target last Sunday.  They were each holding a pinwheel, and walking behind there mom like little ducks.  There pinwheels were spinning, and their eyes were focused on them. Mom kept turning around to tell the boys to watch where they were going.  I always loved pinwheels, and remember my parents letting us hold them out the car windows.  It was something special that you got at birthday parties, carnivals or the fair.  Or the dimestore, if you were a good girl while mommy shopped.   I need to buy some pinwheels for my grandkids, 'cause they're special!

I used some paper from Comfort Cafe DSP, because it was the most masculine I could find in my current stash of paper.  I then proceeded to make a bunch of pinwheels, and when I put them on the card, they were lost in the print.  I decided that the easiest fix was to add another layer to the pinwheels in a solid color, so the prints did not drown in the other prints.  I added some stamps from Happy You, and Bring on the Cake, and voila!  A simple but impressive card was born!
The card was very easy to make with a couple of folds, and a few slits, and figure out how to slip the two pieces together, and you are good to go.  Only problem I ran into was that I used a two sided paper, which you cut down the middle, and slip together, and when I opened the card up, I had half front and half back side of the paper.  I took it apart, and tried to figure out if I had folded things wrong.  I did not have access to my computer to go back and check with Frenchie, so I decided that I would make due with what I got.  When I was all done, and went back to check Frenchie's video, I realized she made hers with solid cardstock, and added printed layers or stamped on it afterwards.  Oh!  I like mine just fine the way it is.  I added a little Hip Hip Horay, Spoil yourself today, on the back, too.

Gary was very impressed with the style of the card overall, and said it reminded him of a brownie camera.  Do you remember Brownie Camera?  If you do, then you can guess how old Gary is.  (Hint:  He was born in 1948.)

Hope you liked my card, and give one a try yourself.  Stop by again really soon.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Playing with Betsy

I have to show off the card that we will be making at this weekend's Card Buffet that I made with all new Stampin' Up! products.  The stamp set is Betsy's Blossoms, and I do love this blossom.  I stamped the large blossom and cut it out using a little free hand around the edge to follow the crazy little petals.  On the background I inked the stamp and stamped it once on scratch paper, then twice on the card stock to give it some dimension.  I popped the cut flower with dimensionals to set it off, and added a large pearl accent.  The bird was stamped with Midnight Muse, and then I cut it out and popped it up as well, sitting on a branch stamped in Gumball Green.  Backed the card with Gumball Green cardstock, and added a bow with the stitched satin ribbon in Gumball Green.

Here is another version using the same stamps and colors, only this time I used a half of a scalloped circle, and cut the end of the white layer with a circle cutter.  It was a little fussier to make and I really like this one too.  I did a similar variation of this for the demo swap we had this month.  I LOVE these new colors and the NEW foam ink pads create such a beautiful, strong image, I wish I could have all my stamp pads like this.  Give me time :)
I hope you like these fresh summer cards, and encourage you to play with Betsy's Blossoms and the new stamp pads and colors for yourself.  Come on over for our CARD BUFFET, and give them a try.
Hope you stop by again soon.  Have a great week.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Thanks for serving!

I actually designed this card in May to be used for Memorial Day.  I have been inspired by some other bloggers to make cards for those who served in the military, and even though every day is a good day to thank them for serving we all seem to think more about this for Veterans Day or Memorial Day, or the Fourth of July.  I guess any day is a good day to thank somebody who serves in the military past or present, or serves as a police or firefighter.  This card may look a little girly, but the girls serve, too.  This would make a fun card for a July birthday, and I have several of those coming in my family, too. 
Made this card with Bright Blossoms stamp set, and Summer Smooches DSP.  The border is made with a Martha Steward punch, which is one of my favorites.  Stamped the tulips with Not Quite Navy, added a red brad to each, backed them with Real Red and popped them up with Dimensionals. 
Hope you like my version of the patriotic card.  It is one we will be offering at the card buffet next weekend. 
Come back again real soon :)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Getting ready for the Card Buffet with something old and something new

Getting new cards ready for the card buffet is always fun.  When we started the card buffets we brought an assortment of samples, and asked our friends to show us the cards they liked best, and would like to see at future card buffets.  The one thing that was unanimous was that they wanted to see masculine type cards.  We all seem to have a number of sons and grandsons that we would like to make cards for.  So I always try to keep that in mind when making my selections for the card buffet. 
Since many stamp sets retired in May, and some of mine retired along time ago and I still love them and use them, I have used several retired sets for cards this month, because people requested these cards.  Eventually I will have some new stamp sets for making those masculine cards, but for now I work with what I have got. 
This card was made using a retired stamp called Sail Away and DSP called Nautical Expedition.  The sailboat is very special to me.  I used to work in a store that was across the street from the marina on White Bear Lake.  I loved coming to work in the morning when it was quiet and hear the clanging of the boats in the marina.  In our downtime at work we would stand and look out at the lake and watch the comings and goings of the boats, especially the sailboats, but also windsurfers, kite-boarders, and fishermen.  This is the perfect card for the men in my life who love the lakes and rivers here in Minnesota. 

This card was also made to remind me of the town of White Bear Lake.  The town was a resort area in the olden days, where the wealthy folk of St. Paul would come to spend their summers.  They would ride the train out to the lake to their summer homes and cottages, and the lake was the playground for all.  Their were lovely hotels and pavilions along the lake that attracted many visitors.  The street car company in St. Paul also ran a line out to White Bear Lake and built a big amusement park at the end of the line with a fabulous big roller coaster that was the talk of the town.  When the amusement park closed in the 60's, the roller coaster was put into storage, and was eventually rebuilt at a new amusement park south of Minneapolis called Valley Fair.  This Wild Roller was their big attraction when they opened, and is still considered one of the best wooden coasters around.  The town is still filled with grand old Victorian homes along the lake with huge old oak trees that shade the yards.  You can almost hear the crack of the croquet mallet as it hits the ball as you drive by and think of the families that played and picnicked on these lawns many years ago. 
My card is the reflection in the lake made with the stamp set Lovely as a Tree using a reflection transfer technique.  I stamped the image on plastic, like an old style case that the wood stamp sets came in, then I pressed the plastic to the paper to get the reflective image.  It took a little practice, but was really quite easy to do.  I sometimes get a little bubbly look to the ink, but for the most part I was very pleased with the way they turned out.  After stamping my images I used chalk to add a little color for the sky, a little pink sunrise, land and water.  I used this card for a swap previously, and it will be one of the cards done at the card buffet next weekend.
This was the card I used for my husband for Fathers Day, and he was really impressed!  Have a good week, and I hope you stop back soon. 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Having fun with grandkids, and making cards, too

I am looking forward to another Card Buffet next weekend.  I have not had much time for card making over the last week.  Been so busy with the grandkids, and spending time getting ready for last weekends craft sale that I have not had time for myself.
With school out this week, and day camp not yet started, my granddaughter Emily came to spend the day on Wednesday.  She was excited to be with her little cousin, Olivia, and shortly after arriving she had her on her lap.  Emily said that she could feel a tooth in Olivia's mouth while baby was biting on her finger.  Sure enough, Olivia had got her first tooth, and Emily was the one to find it!  That's exciting!
Emily is showing off Olivia's first tooth.
I did for a bit get the opportunity to get in the craft room on Wednesday with my granddaughter, Emily.  She wanted to make a card for her dad and mom's anniversary.  This is the first card she made that was entirely stamped, and did she stamp.  I put away stamps from 7 different sets.  I did make an anniversary card myself while I was working along side her.  When she saw what I was doing, she wanted to use the stamps I was using.  This is the first time I put my foot down and said "no" in a long time.  I tried to explain to her that when one person is creating a card sometimes you want it to be unique and original, and if she was to take the same stamps I was using and use them on her card, that makes it just a little less special.  I said sometimes it is really fun to copy, which I do all the time.  But, sometimes you just say "no, I don't want you to copy me to give to the same person."  It took a little while, but eventually she understood that what I wanted her to do was create something that was her own original idea, and that that would make it even more special.  I am so sorry that I did not get a photo of her card like I usually do, but I did make a copy of my card, which I am willing to share with you.  I know that we all copy cards (CASE) and I am willing to share my ideas with anyone,  and even my idea was not totally original.  I just loved opening up a whole bunch of stamps sets and let Emily create a big beautiful card for herself. 
This card was made with a much loved, retired stamp set called Valentine Defined, but the greeting inside was from a brand new set called Trust God.  I stamped all of the images in black, and then sponged in a circular rubbing motion with Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, then Regal Rose.  I had seen a card done in a similar way long time ago, and always wanted to give this a try.  This was the perfect opportunity for a fast and simple card.  I have to do this more often. I have a bunch of anniversaries, birthdays, as well as Fathers Day (today) to make cards for, so I have worked some of them into the upcoming Card Buffet.  Stop back again tomorrow to see what we will be making next weekend.
Hope you had a wonderful Fathers Day! 

Next weekend.....June Card Buffet

these are three of the cards
available at this month's

on Friday, June 22 from 6:30 to 9:30

or Sunday, June 24 from 3:00 to 6:00.

101 Willow Pond Trail, Lino Lakes, MN

(located 6 miles south of 35W split near CR23)

Stampin Up!'s new catalog arrived with new stamps, new colors, new stamp pads, and new paper and trims. We have exciting new ideas for fabulous cards for our card buffet. Come and make 5 creative cards of your choice for $10, and $2 for each additional card. Over 15 original new cards for you to choose from.

Never stamped before? We are here to give instructions and inspire you, to help you create beautiful paper crafts. If you have stamped before, we can teach you new techniques. Bring a friend, and you both receive a gift.

Check out our blogs to see the cards we will be offering.

Please RSVP by June 18. Hope to see you there.

Mary Bellis 651-353-4594
Debby Filiowich 651-231-5923


Would you like to hold a Stampin' Up! Workshop with a group of your friends? We are available to come to your home and do a group of projects, of your choosing. You and your guests will enjoy the fabulous products, and the fun we will have getting together. When you invite friends to a day of creativity, shopping, and fun, you earn free stuff and items from Stampin' UP! At 50% off! Ask us for more information.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

You can have your cake and eat it,! too

I became a demonstrator with Stampin' Up! last January, because they made me an offer I just could not refuse.  I could get my products at a discount, and still not spend any more that what I was already spending on my craft supplies.  Who does not want a discount?  I did!  Since June 1 they have made the offer even sweeter.  For $99 you can become a demonstrator, whether you want to be a hobbyist, and get the discount for yourself, or as an active demonstrator, who wants to make a little income (to fund her craft addiction, like I did.)  My upline director, Kay Kolthoff, tells how she joined just a few years back just for her own discount, but along the way she met friends who also loved the products, and wanted to become demonstrators, too.  She now has more that 30 demonstrators who have joined with her. 
I am telling you this, because I never want a friend of mine to say that I never offered them the opportunity to join Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator, or that I never told you the opportunities you would have by joining.    If you want to know more, please tell me.  But, wait!  They made the deal even sweeter for the month of June, you get extra products with your first order, and throughout the year.  Just click the Have Your Cake photo to the right, and see what you can get.  If not you, do you know someone else who is an avid crafter who you think would be a wonderful demonstrator, let me know. 
You never know who want the chance to get the discount, make new crafting friends, and the possibilities are endless. Contact me at

Sunday, June 3, 2012

OOOOOPPs, I gave you wrong dates for Card Buffet

Ooops!!  I gave the wrong dates for our card buffet.  I must have been looking at last years calendar, or something.  The correct dates for our June Card Buffet is Friday, June 22 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm and Sunday, June 24 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.  Debby corrected me when I sent her a copy of the flier the first time, and I went in and corrected it on one of the fliers, but not both.  It was probably one of those days when I was trying to type with a baby on my lap, and gave up.  Well, now you know!  I sure hope you can come either day.  We have got some great cards planned for you to make. 
I got to go to our trailer in the woods of Wisconsin this weekend.  We had gorgeous weather with temps in the high 70's to low 80's.  Perfect evenings for a campfire, and perfect afternoons for crafting on the porch.  Debby and I both worked on our cards for our demonstrator swap tomorrow night.  I don't want to spoil the surprise for the other demonstrators, because part of the fun is looking thru your stash after the swap to OOO and AAAhhh over the cards you got.  These cards are then used as samples for our displays we use at classes, or as samples to copy for our workshops, or in my case, my card buffet.  Because the new catalogue was released on Friday, June 1, all the swap cards are to be made with new products from our new catalog.  I can't wait to see what I get.  In fact, I had an order all ready to put in on Friday.  I stayed home until after 1:00 so I could order from the new catalog, but as I was packing up my supplies for card making this weekend I decided to hold off until tomorrow night to place an order.  The possibility that I might be using up something from my current supplies that might need to be replaced was a consideration.  Also, I might see something from the swap that I really want.  I have my own stamp sets, papers, embellishments, and punches on my lists to order for myself, but you never know what will change my mind.  In fact, this afternoon I sat down and looked thru the new catalog again, and changed my mind about what stamps and designer series paper to order.  I decided that I had some new things that were kind of cutesy, and what I thought I wanted to order was another cute set,  and that I may want to in another direction for my order this time.  So, I picked out something a little more serene.  It must have been my beautiful serene surroundings that changed my attitude.  Can't wait to order them now. 
I did have a new card to share with you today. This is another card made with Betsy's Blossoms stamp set from the new Stampin' Up! catalog. 

I did a little experimenting with a technique called masking.  I stamped my big flower, and the little flower cluster on the sticky edge of a post-it paper.  I cut the flowers out to be used as my mask.  I then stamped the flowers on the card.  I covered one of the large and a cluster of little flowers, and then I stamped my leaves around them, protecting the flowers from leaves being over them.  I moved the mask to the next blossoms, stamped more leaves, and continued until I got the branch full of blossoms I was trying to achieve.  Some of the leaves I stamped twice before inking, to give them a variety of intensity, giving the image some depth.  I used the same masking technique on the "postage stamp" rectangle on the card, only this time I also cut a rectangle bigger than my die cut rectangle using the sticky paper.  Then I cut a rectangle window out, and in the cut away area I sponged a little of the primrose pink ink.  When I put this piece aside to wait assembly, it managed to get bumped up against the stamp pad and it got pink on the edge.  Whoa is me!  But, all was not ruined.  I decided to tip all the edges by gently brushing the tips of the scallops across the stamp pad to get just a tiny touch of color.  I loved it!  I really helped to make that postage stamp stand out from the white on white card, and a few dimensionals helped to pop it up! 
I hope you like this fresh new card.  You can check out more ideas for this stamp set in the new catalog.  Check it out!  Come back again soon.   

New Betsy's Blossoms

I have another new stamp set to reveal today!!  Betsy's Blossoms is so much fun.  I don't have many stamp sets that are florals.  I guess I kind of gravitate toward more cutesy stamps.  It was the bird that attracted me first, but I have found I LOVE the flowers.  I have had so much fun playing with these flowers, and the NEW STAMP PADS.  The new pads are a firm foam pad that gives such beautiful even coverage, and it only requires a light tap, tap to get a nice coverage.  I love them!!  Oh, and the 5 new In Colors are so sweet, too.  The paper and leaf are Bubblegum Green.  The stitched satin ribbon is Bubblegum Green, too, and comes in all the new In Colors.  The bird is Midnight Muse, and the blossoms are Raspberry Ripple that was stamped off 3 times.  I hand cut the bold blossom and popped it out using Stampin' Dimensionals.  It's a big 2 1/2" blossom, and could be cut with a circle punch, but I wanted to get a little petal detail on this one.  Betsy's Blossoms stamp set is going to be hanging around my craft table all weekend, because my mind is just racing with ideas.  Wait until you see the wonderful card I made for tomorrow's demo swap. 
Enjoy your weekend, and come back tomorrow to see some more from our new catalog.  Have you checked it out yet?  Your must do it today!  Put down that Sunday paper, and check it out now ;D

Stamps:  Betsy's Blossoms 126006, Petite Pairs 122497
Paper:  Gumball Green 126840,  Whisper White 100730
Inks:  Gumball Green 126861,  Raspberry Ripple 126991,  Midnight Muse 126860
Embellisments:  3/8” Stitched Satin Gumball Green 126848,  Pearl Basic Jewels 119247,  Large Pearl Basic Jewels 125577
Adhesives:  Stampin' Dimensionals 104430,  Multipurpose Liquid Glue 110755

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Happy You Anniversary Card

I needed an anniversary card for my son and his wife this week, and I used the Happy You stamp set again to make a fun card.  The Rich Razzelberry color reminds me of the rich colors from their beautiful wedding.  Smita's family is from India, and the wedding looked like a walking rainbow with all the beautiful sarris the women wore.  Smita wore a magenta and gold gown, and the tables and flowers were decorated in shades of magenta, oranges and gold.  Just a feast for the eyes!

I added some sparkle to the card using some silver glitter paper for the hearts, and some Dazzling Details on the little butterflies to compliment the sparkling hearts, and a few rhinestone jewels.  The greeting came from the Petite Pairs stamp set which has just the right scale to go with these little stamps. The paper is DSP Summer Smooches.   I hope you like this card, and the Happy You stamp set.  You can check it out along with other new sets in the Stampin' Up! catalog just released June 1. Come back and see what else is new, real soon.  Have a nice weekend!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Sneak peek continues..........but now for the big reveal

I told you I would have something special to show you today.  It's the Stampin' Up! new catalog.  It will be revealed online today at noon.  Just as soon as I can I will have a connection from my blog, but it might now happen before I head out for the weekend.  I am heading up to Wisconsin to our trailer in the woods.  This will be my first weekend up there this year.  My husband has been up to spend a couple weekends already, to get the place opened up and ready for me :) 
It should be a lovely mild weathered weekend, and I plan to spend my time on the porch making cards.  I have a swap on Monday, and I have only come up with my design, and have about 20 cards to make.  When I get that done, I have to start cutting paper for our June card buffet, too. 
I have to share with you some of the cute little cards I made this week with the Happy You stamp set that I got last week for our preview from the new catalog. 

I think the Summer Smooch DSP pairs so well with this stamp set.  The images on the paper are petite and proportioned well to suit the size of the stamps.  These images are perfectly paired with the spring rains we have had this week.  Lots of rain, too wet to plant the garden, but the mushrooms are sprouting well.  My husband tried to work in the garden yesterday, and he almost did not get out with his boots on.  Maybe next week he can plant, besides he's already headed up to the trailer park.  I stayed home to place my order from the new catalog.  Hope you like my cards, and let me know if you want the new catalog.  I've got one for your, too. 

Happy You, Happy Me

I was so excited to get a couple new stamps sets available to Stampin' Up! demonstrators as part of our sneak peek from our New Catalog.  I was so busy last week getting ready for guests, and having so much fun last weekend with the family.  Then I spent the next couple days recovering from all the activity. Yesterday I finally got a chance to get into my craft room, with it's clean, organized table, and start some creating.  I love this new set called Happy You.  It has all these cute little mini images, and they pair beautiful with the DSP Summer Smooches paper.  I could not wait to make this cute little baby card.  I spent a lot of time playing peek-a-boo with my babies this past weekend, so it seemed very appropriate for my mood.

I tried adding some buttons to the card, at first, but they seemed too bulky, so I pulled out my Sizzlets Buttons, and got the embellishments, without the bulk.  I'd love to send this little card to my little grandson, Kol, just to let him know how much grandma misses him already. We sure played and sang silly songs together. 
Kol and Grandma
I have to share with you, that I really looked forward to my son Tony, and his wife, Smita and their 7 month old Son, Kol, coming to visit last weekend from New York City.  I always look forward to their visits, but even more so with the baby.  This is the third time we have seen our grandson.  My daughter, Laura, and her husband, Tom, and their baby. Olivia, 5 mos., came to visit Saturday, and Sunday we all met at Como Zoo.  Our son, David and his wife, Melissa are expecting their first baby in September, and David also has a daughter, Emily, age 7.  Emily is my little crafting buddy.  She always finds a reason to make a card at grandma's house.  She thinks I got that Big Shot for her!

The family all gathered at the Como Zoo.
This is Emily
Olivia was having a blast
We had a fun visit to the zoo, with temps in the 90's we had to beat the crowds off.  I love going to Como Park, in St. Paul.  I lived near the park when I was 7 to 9 years old, and was allowed to go play in the park, so I visited the zoo frequently, along with my younger sisters.  Yes, it was the olden days, when kids were sent out to play, and told not to come in until lunch time, and we wandered far.  It's a big city park, and it was over a mile from my house to the zoo!! Those were the good old days, and I love telling my kids the stories of my wanderings. 
We had a great time just hanging around the house with family all weekend. We just loved sitting back and watching the babies, play, too.  Our cockateil, Snowflake, is very social, and loves to be right with the family, too.  She likes to fly around and land on peoples head, or back to be right in the center of everything.  She gets down on the floor to see the babies.  We are definitely her flock!

Kol with Daddy checking out
Snowflake our bird
Look at that surprise when bird flew away
Kol was so interested in the bird.  Daddy kept telling him it was a white pigeon, which is so New Yorker. He could get so close to the bird on the cage, but when he would reach out his hand, the bird would fly, and baby would laugh, and they would do it over and over again. 
I thank you for stopping by to visit my blog today, and tomorrow I will have more cards to show you, and something very special to share with you, too.  Can you guess what it is????  Come back on Friday to find out!