Monday, June 28, 2010

Teacher gift idea!!

Teacher gifts are always hard but when I found these apple post-it notes at Staples and this instantly designed itself in my head.  (I'd seen some post-it note creations from an online forum so that sparked it!!)

This is a 5x7 acrylic frame from the dollar store that I slide a 5x7 background into.  I used some school days themed patterned paper to create a fun layout to layer my cute apple ribbon, apple post-it notes and thank you message on (ribbon and message are on top of the frame). 

PS That is my son's hand :)  This stands nicely all by itself but he was "helping" model it.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Sneak Peek # 4 - picture now!

I did make a card last night but didn't get the picture taken yet!  But I am going to add the description so I can just come back with the picture and be done!! - added picture now :)

This card mat was made using an Impressionables metal embossing plate and brayered with Early Espresso ink.  I plan on making it again once I've received my new Impressions Folder from SU (Vintage Wallpaper).  I was actually disappointed with the lack of crispness on the metal plate - although I know if you spritz with water that helps.  The Impressions folders are super crisp and the embossing is very raised and obvious without water!

The image is from the Hostess Level 1 set - Because I Care (from Sneak Peek #2 but I wanted to do my own take).  I stamped the image twice, once on the white mat and once on a scrap piece - both in Early Espresso to make it more vintage-y (if find black is harsher and takes away from this look).  I coloured the scrap flower with some of our new colours - leaves in Pear Pizzazz (one of the new In Color for 2010-2012), the flower in three colours for depth - Concord Crush (new In Color), Perfect Plum and Baja Breeze (new colour but was an old In Color and one of my all time favs!!).  I also stamped a few extra small flowers, colored and adhered on top of flower with dimensionals.  I then cut the entire flower out and layered on the white mat with dimensionals.  I think it really adds some "WOW" factor.

The sentiment is from a new stamp set (name escapes me at the moment, I think Punches for All) and I used the Oval and Scalloped Oval punches.


Monday, June 21, 2010

Sneak Peek #3 - Father's Day card

Sorry, there is very, very little sneak peek in this one!!  Only the patterned paper I used is new stuff (and meant to make the suit Early Espresso and grabbed Chocolate Chip by mistake!!).  The patterned paper is from the new Greenhouse Gala DSP and is all in lovely greens, blues and yellows. (close up underneath so you can see a bit better! 

In the process of making a new card right now so hope to get that posted tomorrow!  Jen

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Sneak Peek #2

First off, let me say this is NOT my card or design.  I snagged this from Mary Fish over at  I look at her blog almost daily. She is a very creative demonstrator from the States.  She has done a big series of Sneak Peeks on her blog and I highly recommend going to look.

That being said, a bunch of stuff I wanted to show you was on this card and I don't have it all yet!!

So, let's start with the Stamp Set - this is a LEVEL one hostess set called "Because I Care".  The hydrangea is fabulous and I can see it coloured in purples on my next card to my mom or aunt.  The background was done using the new Impressions folder called Vintage Wallpaper that was backordered on me (boo, I want it now!!).  Pretty simple design with HUGE impact. 

And the ribbon on the box is in the new colour Early Espresso which I am loving.  I have always loved Chocolate Chip but it is a bit of a reddish brown.  Early Espresso is a true brown and I think (prediction coming) will be a hands down new favourite and best seller.

Hope you enjoy and watch for more sneak peeks to come!! 


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sneak Peek #1

Here's some Father's Day cards using three of the new colours available July 1st!!  The base of the cards is Early Espresso, the mat embossed with the Lattice Impressions Folder (Summer Mini) is Daffodil Delight and the Scallop Rectangle (a clear Sizzlit in the NEW 2010-2011 catalog) is Marina Mist.  I stamped the sentiment (Well Scripted set) in Early Espresso and the images in either Early Espresso or Marina Mist.

This one I spritzed the background with the new Log Cabin Smooch Sprtiz and used the Sentimental Journey stamp set out of the Summer Mini (my father-in-law loves to travel).
This one I sponged the background with Early Espresso for a softer, vintage look and included only the car (my dad loves cars and we had a Yugo when I was really little).  I also used linen thread and a button from the Button Latte set which is retiring.

Take the time to do something scrappy today!!  Jen

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Well, it is here!  The last chance lists for stamp sets, ribbons, buttons, patterned paper and embellishments.  Click on the link above to hop over to the Stampin Up online store to see it all with images.  Get it quick, once it is gone...