Sunday, November 16, 2008

Ranch-ish themed birthday cards

My friend Cody asked me to make birthday cards for his parents. This was fun, because it required me to find and use some stamps that I normally would not use. His dad likes outdoorsy things, but not camping or fishing which are the "manliest" stamps I own. Luckily, Kim from Stamp-a-rama was kind enough to let me use her stamp set to make this little number. I actually like how it turned out, and now that I have used the set, I certainly appreciate it more. The images I stamped in the background could work so nicely for so many things! The ribbon is from the latest Stampin' Up mini catalog, and coordinates very nicely with the new Riding Hood Red In Color paper.

I used:
Card stock - Riding Hood Red (base), Chocolate Chip and White
Stamps - SU! Wanted, SU! Bitty Birthday

For his mom's card, she likes chickens alot, which is one of the only barnyard animals I don't have stamps of. I did find this really cute one of a chicken and some sheep on I colored in the image using Stampin' Pastels and blender pens, and mounted pieces on top of a paper I ran through the Cuttlebug.

I generally don't do anything for the inside of the card since I usually have a whole story to write, so it just gets in the way if I stamp anything on the inside. But this time I decided I would, and I found a great little add on. I found a booklet at Jo-Ann's Fabrics in the scrap book section and it had different little sentiments on vellum. I picked up ones for birthdays, thank you's and love/wedding. So I mounted that on a piece of DSP and attached it with silver brads.

I used:
Card stock - Opulent Orchid (base), Pixie Pink, So Saffron, Prints Pack DSP (retired) and White
Stamps - Sheep and Chicken (Christian Book)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Giving MORE Thanks

So as I mentioned in the previous post, I am making the wedding thank you cards, and thought wouldn't it be nice to have them before (or at least around) Thanksgiving? I've been prepping them for assembly the last couple of days. This weekend my husband and I are going to sit down and just try and crank them all out in one go. I was able to use some leftover wedding ribbon (it has our names and the date of the wedding). I used the Cuttlebug with a really cute birdie embossing folder.

I used:
Card stock - White (base) and Certainly Celery
Stamp - SU! Too Terrific Tags (retired)

So what's actually left to do? Well I tied all the ribbons tonight. So just punching out the tags, stamping the image and punching that out, glueing things down, writing stuff inside and mailing it off. I'll do all the tag stuff tomorrow evening to kill time waiting for The Office. :)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Giving Thanks

Well, it's very convenient that I have a post before Thanksgiving concerning Thank You cards! I signed up for a Thank You card swap and came up with this. It also serves as a nice little tribute to Breast Cancer Awareness, too! The Cuttlebug is an awesome tool and is well worth the price (even though I don't own one myself, but still!) Also, you can kind of see it in this pic, but I used some Crystal Effects for the bra, for added Oooh lala. ;)

I used:
Card stock - Black (base), Pirouette Pink and White
Stamps - SU! Fashion Statements (retired)

I'm fairly happy with the way it turned out, so hopefully the other swappers feel the same! And I really need to kick it in gear with my own Thank You cards for the wedding. o_O I have the design, all the cutting, and all the scoring done, now I need to get started with the meat and potatoes of assembling and writing nice things. Luckily, I will be recruiting (aka forcing) my darling husband to finish them with me.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

More from SU! Regionals

So for those of you who don't know the happenings of a Stampin' Up Regional Meet...well this was my first one so I'm no expert - all I can tell you is that it was FUN!
I had to wake up really early, because I was carpooling with Kim from Stamp-a-rama. I got there a little after 5:30 am. The plan was to be out of the door at 6:00 a.m. so we could stake out a good spot. It was a fun drive up to San Antonio. Kim drove her new, pretty SAAB with her friend Keli, Lydia from Understand Blue and her friend Neelam. I'm not really a morning person, but it was a lively group and you couldn't help but feel chipper. We got to the convention center and it was kind of funny. You could tell who was there for the regional meet - a large migratory group carrying their stamping totes and luggage, swap bags in hand. I really like that everyone comes together, and really connect because of a common bond. It sounds cheesy, but that's how it was. Everyone there was wonderfully nice - you can tell that this was a group of very generous and kind people. :)
We went up to the registration table and picked up our free stamp set and our make and take kits. We got there at a good time, because there was hardly a wait.

We staked out a spot in front of the door and people would come by with their swaps. It was really cool, it felt like Christmas, everyone exchanging their handmade gifts. I’m really happy with the swaps I received, there were so many beautiful ones! I’m not sure if I can post them, but they are so pretty I would like to share them. *If you’re the creator of any of these cards, please let me know if you want me to remove them, otherwise give me your info so I can credit you! :D

Then they let us through the doors and I saw Kim make a mad dash to get a great spot in perfect view of the big screen - it was a great spot!
There were also easels all over the room displaying cards to help inspire people.

I also got to meet Shelli Gardner, the founder of Stampin’ Up! and she was a very lovely person. :) Shelli is kind of a rock star in the stamping world, people were cheering and screaming. She started off the regional meet by demonstrating a cute Halloween game. There were so many great projects we got to make. I’ll be posting those with tutorials soon.