Monday, March 30, 2009

Celebrating Number 2!

Here's Syd's birthday card from last week. She turned 2...what a fun age!
Card Recipe: CS: Brilliant Blue, Real Red, YoYo Yellow; Ink: Real Red wheel cartridge, YoYo Yellow marker; Stamps: Take a Number Wheel

Life has been super busy this past weekend so I have not stamped anything new lately...for the next few months this will probably be the case. We finally ordered our cabinets for our kitchen so we'll be in remodel mode for the next few months. I'll post when I get a chance. Happy Stampin'!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Sale-a-bration Sale!!!

From now through Monday, March 30, at 8 p.m., receive a FREE ink pad (valued at $5.95... or you may choose another product at an equal or lesser value) with every $50 you spend in addition to your free Sale-a-Bration product. Everyone who orders will also be entered into a drawing for each $50 increment for the Hostess benefits. At least two people will receive hostess benefits when the total order reaches $150...more people will win the larger the total order. In receive this special offer, please e-mail me or call me with your order by Monday at 8 p.m. Happy Shopping!

This offer is valid only through Jenn Hurdsman.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cracked Egg

I thought this fun slider card would be perfect for a "cracked egg" card! I used the tutorial found here.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Sharing in Your Sorrow

Today I attended a funeral for a friend. I'm so blessed to know such amazing people that have effected my life in such a positive way. On a positive note...because I went, I saw so many friends from the was wonderful to see them again.

Card Recipe: CS: More Mustard, Kraft, Whisper White; Stamps: Thoughts & Prayers; Ink: More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke; Accessories: Small Oval, Fire Circle Rhinestones, Big Shot, Texturz Plates

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Heart Shaker Card

This was a fun card to make. Punch out a heart from the Basic Black CS and add a window sheet behind it. Stamp image on Whisper White CS and add the edges of a dimension sheet around it. Sprinkle in some glitter and center punched out heart over top! Fun, Fun!!!

CS: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White; Stamps: A Little Somethin'; Ink: Real Red; Accessories: Chunky Glitter, Window Sheet, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Texturz Plate, Red Gingham Ribbon, Heart Punch

Monday, March 23, 2009

From the Heart

I used the same sketch and layout as last week on this card. I love this stamp set "Thoughts and Prayers." Such a versatile stamp set...whether you're making a sympathy card or not.
Card Recipe: Cardstock: Kraft, Garden Green, Whisper White
Sets: Thoughts & Prayers, Sanded, Holidays and Wishes
Inks: Regal Rose, Garden Green markers, Rose Red marker & pad, VersaMark
Other: Crafter’s Tool Kit, White Gel Pen, Stamp-a-ma-jig,Sponge

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Manhattan Flower Suspenion Card

This was a fun and simple card from last night's stamp camp. Fold Perfect Plum CS in half. Insert Pale Plum CS into Manhattan Flower Die Folder. Sandwich for Manhattan Flower Die: Multipurpose Platform Tab 2, Standard Cutting Pad, Manhattan Flower Die with arrow pointing into Big Shot, Standard Cutting Pad. Attach Pale Plum CS to card front except right bottom corner. Punch Large Oval punch out of top two layers of card. Add a mini glue dot to the top and bottom of the oval in between the layers. Layer linen thread over. Stamp greetings on Pale Plum and punch out w/ small oval punch. Attach oval greetings over linen thread. Adhere right bottom of card.

Card Recipe: CS: Perfect Plum, Pale Plum; Sets: Fundamental Phrases;Inks: Perfect Plum; Other: Big Shot, Manhattan Flower Die, Standard Cutting Pads, Multipurpose platform, Linen Thread, Mini Glue Dots, Lg & Sm Oval Punches

Friday, March 20, 2009

Shaker Card

Sorry for the late post today...been getting in on the action of March Madness and prepping for tonight's class. Here's one of the cards we'll be making!

Card Recipe: CS: Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White; Ink: Basic Brown; Stamps: Egg Hunt Wheel, An Egg-cellent Easter; Accessories: Window Sheets (coming in the Occasions Mini), Wide Oval, Clear Micro Beads, AquaPainter, Watercolor Crayons, Dimensionals.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Challenge Thursday

Today's challenge comes in the form of a "sketch challenge." Create a project using this sketch as your guide.

Here's my sample:

Happy Stampin'! Be sure to leave me a comment when you've used this sketch for a project :)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

You're a Blast!

More watercolor crayon fun from last week...can you tell I had just a few birthday cards to make?!?! Gotta get making more...March is a busy month for birthdays in our family.

Card Recipe: CS: Always Artichoke, Creamy Caramel, Whisper White; Ink: Basic Brown; Stamps: Pun Fun; Accessories: Crafter's Tool Kit, Watercolor Crayons, Aquapainter

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Technique Tuesday---Faux Stitching

If you've ever stamped with me much, you know that one of my VERY favorite techniques is "faux stitching." It's so simple that I probably use it way too much. Just grab your foam mat, paper piercing template, and paper piercer...and pierce away!!!! Then just "connect-the-dots." I love to use my white gel pen...but I've also used my markers to create a "colored" line. Very fun! Give it a try today!
Card Recipe: CS: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White; Ink: Baja Breeze pad, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Always Artichoke markers; Stamps: Cheep Talk, Sanded; Accessories: Crafter's Tool Kit, White Gel Pen

Monday, March 16, 2009

Card Set

Another birthday party gift. Easy, quick, economical, and useful. :)
Recipe: CS: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Whisper White; Ink: Old Olive; Stamps: Sincere Salutations; Accessories: Vintage Brads, 1/16" punch, Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon

Sunday, March 15, 2009

30th Birthday Cake

Yesterday we attended a birthday party for a friend...she was celebrating her 30th birthday! :) Here's her card:

Want to make this fun card yourself?? Be sure to register for Friday's stamp camp! We'll be making six moving cards. Contact me today for more info.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Chocolate Cake

Yesterday was my brother's 30th birthday. Here's his card:

Card Recipe: CS: Close to Cocoa, More Mustard, Confetti Cream; Stamps: Fast & Fun Notes; Ink: Basic Brown; Accessories: Aquapainter, Watercolor Crayons, Crafter's Tool Kit, Linen Thread

Friday, March 13, 2009

I Stink You're Sweet!

Lately, I've been using my Watercolor Crayons a lot. They are so much fun to use. They turn out so smoothly, too! I made this card for two special girls for their birthdays! Happy Friday!
Card Recipe: CS: Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Confetti White; Stamps: Pun Pun; Ink: Basic Brown; Accessories: Aquapainter, Watercolor Crayons, Pink Gingham ribbon (retired)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Dynamic Duos--Challenge Thursday

Today's challenge is to create a project using "dynamic duos." Here's a sample card...I created this card using Mellow Moss and Always Artichoke. Try a project today with two shades of the same color. I love this project even more because it doesn't use a "lighter color" like white or vanilla. Be sure to leave me a comment with a link to your dynamic duo project! :)

Card Recipe: CS: Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss; Stamps: Pun Fun; Ink: Basic Brown; Accessories: Crafter's Tool Kit, Aquapainter, Watercolor Crayons

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Manhattan Flower Die

It arrived!!! As promised, my first card was made with this new die. It's so easy! This card seriously took less than 2 minutes. Just stuck the cardstock inside the embossing folder, run it through the Big Shot, fold the card, and tie the White Organza Ribbon...ta-da, finished!!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Magic Wheel--Technique Tuesday

Friday night club members made this fun project with the Texturz plates on the background of the card. We used the "magic" technique on the wheeled flower image. Wheel wheel on Glossy White CS in versamark ink. Pour white embossing powder over image. Heat. Cool. Get a drop of rubbing alcohol on cotton ball. Place two drops of each color of ink on alcohol on cotton ball. Dab cotton ball on glossy cs. After all color has been added, heat with heat tool again. Give this technique a try and leave me a comment so I can check out your creation!

Card Recipe: CS: Elegant Eggplant, Almost Amethyst, Glossy White; Sets: Congrats, Forever Flowers Wheel; Inks: Versamark, Elegant Eggplant pad & reinker, Almost Amethyst reinker; Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig, White Embossing Powder, Rubbing Alcohol, Cotton Ball, Heat Tool, Elegant Eggplant Grosgrain Ribbon, Big Shot, Texturz Plates (SU! Backgrounds I), Impressions Pad, Silicone Rubber Pad

Monday, March 9, 2009

For You

This project was from Friday night's technique class. We played with the Texturz plates. The DSP strip, the Riding Hood Hood CS strip, and the Close to Cocoa CS strip are all embossed with the Texturz Plates. We sanded the DSP to show the white core.

Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Riding Hood Red, Candy Lane DSP; Sets: Fresh Cuts; Inks: Chocolate Chip; Accessories: Big Shot, Texturz plates (SU! Backgrounds I), Impressions Pad, Silicone Rubber Pad, Designer Label Punch, 1” Circle Punch, Punch Plus Classy Brass, Paper piercer and foam mat from Crafter’s Tool Kit, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Vanilla Hodgepodge, Sanding Block, Dimensionals, Eyelet Border Punch, Tombow Multipurpose adhesive

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Princess Banner

Monday I decided to make the girls a banner for their room. I love how it turned out! I can see a lot more banners in my future :)

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Green Sour Cream Container

Today I'll show you how I went from this paper....

to this fun sour cream container...

Start with a piece of light-colored cardstock (I used Very Vanilla) that measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". Put some shaving cream on a paper plate. Add about 3-4 drops of 2 different re-inkers. On this project, I used, Kiwi Kiss and Certainly Celery. Stir the shaving cream and the re-inkers lightly (don't mix too want the swirl lines). Push your cardstock on to the shaving cream. Make sure all of the cardstock has touched. Put cardstock on a flat surface and wipe off excess shaving cream. Let it dry a minute or two. Put two strips of sticky strip on one of the 4 1/4" edges and roll together with the other end (somewhat resembles a toilet paper roll at this point). Push together one of the edges and crimp the end with the crimper. Insert a treat into the container. Push the other ends together (opposite direction of the first side) and crimp those ends also. Stamp a tag and attach to one of the crimped ends. Hope you've enjoyed these green projects! Be sure to leave me a comment if you've made your own project from anything I've showed you this week...I would love to see your creations!!! :)

Friday, March 6, 2009

Good Luck Ghosting

One of my favorite techniques is the ghosting technique. I started this card by stamping the greeting in Green Galore on Glossy White Cardstock. Then I stamped the shamrock from "Holiday Blitz" in Versamark randomly on the Glossy CS. I let it dry just a minute or two and then brayered Gable Green across the entire Glossy CS. Wipe off any excess ink with a paper towel and assemble the card! Easy-peasy! Just one more St. Patrick's Day creation to share with you! Have I mentioned that my favorite color is green? Maybe that's why I actually enjoy celebrating with the kids for St. Patrick's Day! :)
Card Recipe: CS: Green Galore, Gable Green, Glossy CS; Ink: Green Galore, Gable Green, Versamark; Stamps: Sincere Salutations, Holiday Blitz; Accessories: Brayer, Green Galore Grosgrain Ribbon (retired)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Lucky Me!--Challenge Thursday

Sorry for the late post today...sick kiddo! These pictures are from last year's St. Patrick's Day fun. The kids loved dressing in green, eating green food, and trying to catch leprechauns with their leprechaun traps. Although they didn't catch any leprechauns, they were just as excited about the gold coin candies that were left behind instead :) I just used two pieces of Certainly Celery CS for this page. I cut 12 squares that each measure 2 1/2" x 2 1/2". I used a sponge on each square. Most of the squares I ran through the Big Shot with a Texturz Plate and then sponged on some more ink. I love the look of this page. Here's your challenge...take the "square" challenge and complete a page using squares. You can use more or less pictures for the squares...have fun and remember to leave me a comment if you complete the challenge so I can have a peek at your work!

Scrapbook Page Recipe: CS: Certainly Celery; Ink: Certainly Celery; Stamps: Full Calendar, Calendar Alphabet & Numbers; Accessories: Pretties Kit, Jumbo Eyelets, Heart-to-Heart Punch, Big Shot, Texturz Plates, Impressions Pad, Silicone Rubber Pad, Crafter's Tool Kit

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

You've Struck Gold!

It couldn't be St. Patrick's Day without finding a pot of gold. This card uses the pot of gold idea from Samantha's blog also. This is my own variation of her pot :)

Tomorrow you'll see a scrapbook page from last year's fun of making traps for leprechauns.

You can feel like you've struck gold this month when you can order Easter stamps that are available in the Occasions mini catalog. Occasions Mini Sneak Peek Sets AVAILABLE NOW!!! My order for Easter will be arriving next week so be watching for Easter projects as soon as my order arrives :)

Card Recipe: CS: Kiwi Kiss, Kraft, Basic Black, Brushed Gold; Ink: Versmark; Stamps: Sincere Salutations; Accessories: Big Shot, Texturz Plates, Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon, Crop-a-dile, Gold Embossing Powder, Powder Pal, Round Tab, 1/4" circle (retired), 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" circle punches

Wanna learn more fun move-able cards??? Sign up today for this month's stamp camp, and you'll make 6 fun cards like this that "spring" for your attention!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Isn't he fun?!?! I saw this idea on this blog. Samantha has an AMAZING talent for creating punch art! I love her work. So I decided to try my own version of a leperchaun for today's card.

Card Recipe: CS: Basic Black, Glorious Green, Only Orange, Whisper White, Blush Blossom; Stamps: All Year Cheer (Retired); Ink: Basic Black pad, Really Rust marker; Accessories: Crafter's Tool Kit, White Gel Pen, 1/4" circle (retired), 1 3/4" circle, Scallop circle, Round Tab punches

Monday, March 2, 2009

4-Leaf Clover

I love the new Heart-to-Heart punch so I decided to make a 4-leaf clover with the punched out hearts. I've made clovers using heart stamps so I figured this would be fun to try. Since my order of new DSP comes today, I had to scrounge around from some "green" paper from my stash. I found this piece of Always Artichoke that was in last catalog's Hostess 6x6 packet. I thought the design would be fun for a 4-leaf clover. So I got it all pieced together and then pulled out my stamps for a St. Patrick's Day stamp. Guess what?!?! I don't have any that are current. So I figured this greeting would work instead :)
Check back every day this week for a new GREEN project :)
Card Recipe: CS: Kraft, Always Artichoke, Patterns Pack DSP; Ink: Always Artichoke pad and marker; Stamps: Hugs & Wishes; Accessories: Metallic Brads, Paper Piercer, Heart-to-Heart Punch

Sunday, March 1, 2009

March Classes and Events

Monday, March 2, Monday Madness--9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Bring your own projects to work on. FREE. RSVP by Sunday evening, March 1.

Friday, March 6, Texturz Plates Technique Night at 7 p.m. 2 projects. Club Members--FREE; Customers/Guests--$7 RSVP by Tuesday, March 3.

Monday, March 16, Monday Madness--9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Bring your own projects to work on. FREE. RSVP by Sunday evening, March 15.

Friday, March 20, "Spring" Cards Stamp Camp--7 p.m. We'll be making 6 cards that include some type of movement. Club Members--$20; Customers/Guests--$25. RSVP by Tuesday, March 17.