Looking for a useful gift for the teachers at the end of the year? A box of all occassion cards fills the bill. We sell finished ones at Brushstrokes and Blessings in the West Shore Market in Lemoyne, PA. Or you can create your own. Keep the cards simple because we put 8 in a box with envelopes. Here are some examples: We put 2 matching designer papers on the front and glued a ribbon where the two meet. Then add a stamped image that’s cut out with a Spellbinders die. We colored with Copic markers and decorated some with gems from BoBunny. Don’t make them too bulky, or they won’t fit into the box. We included 2 birthday, 2 thank you, 2best wishes or thinking of you and 2 others (baby, wedding, anniversary,or graduation).
You can purchase your supplies from www.stampexpressstore.com. Get started now. School will soon be out!
Happy Happy Birthday
Best Summer Wishes
I could hardly wait to put ink on these new Whimsy stamps. We have fabulous flowers, charming carousel horses, and cute children. I started with the flowers and colored them with Copic markers. This first set I’m sharing has tulips, pussy willows, and some words to go with them. Next week I’ll show you the poppies. The tulip bouquet is for my parents anniversary (their 76th)! Designer paper is BoBunny. The paper doily was in my stash as were the pearls. I had a problem adhering the doily. It must be coated with something and the tape runner didn’t hold it. Finally I had success with Scor-tape. It holds everything. And it is available at our on-line store (www,stampexpressstore.com). The stamps and other supplies are also available there.
The pussy willow card was for a friend’s birthday. I added butcher twine from Stampin’ Up and a spiral clip from my stash. Love these NEW stamps!
Live Your Life & Forget Your Age
We were working on some mini album kits from Quick Quotes. I noticed that some of the techniques used were things we used to do in altered books. So, I picked this technique out and used it on cards. It’s so easy! Use double-sided cardstock or heavy paper. Cut a piece 8&1/2″x 5&1/2″.Fold it in half. The Scor-pal is handy for scoring and folding. Then turn the upper righthand corner down until the edge is almost even with the fold. I glued it down. Then add an accessory like ribbon and flowers, a button, or some kind of medallion. On the brown card I stamped “thinking of you”. For the butterfly/blue card I glued the bottom and right edge so it formed a pocket. Then I added a tag with a clear sticker and ribbon. This one could be used in a scrapbook with journaling on the tag. My double-sided paper is from BoBunny. Check out our website store to order it here.
Thinking of You diagonal pocket card
Bee Happy Diagonal Pocket Card with tag
Send a card filled with love this Mother’s day. Most of us only have one mother, but it would be nice to remember the mothers of our grandkids, stepmothers, mothers-in-law, aunts, and friends who have been like a mother to us. Here is a bright and cheery card made with some scraps I found while organizing my studio. Once again I colored the stamped image to match the designer paper so all is coordinated. The paper is BoBunny, stamp is from Justrite, Copic markers, foam tape for dimension, and accessories from my stash. Products available at www.stampexpressstore.com Happy Mother’s Day!
February is the month of “LOVE”. And, I fell in love with the new Spellbinder dies and Whimsey stamps. Here is a selection of Valentines I made for my grandkids and the Brushstrokes and Blessings gift shop at the Market. Designer papers, gems, and flowers are from BoBunny. Cardstock is from Stamp Express. Colors are Copic markers. All these plus the dies and stamps are available at www.stampexpressstore.com
Remember that these can all be used after Valentines Day. They will be great for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and special events. You can add them to scrapbook pages too. Happy Valentines Day!
Bella Sole Valentine
Lacey Flowers Valentine
You're Special Valentine
We got new Spellbinders dies and I couldn’t wait to use them. Hearts, scalloped hearts, snowflakes and swirls just screamed out Valentine’s Day! The black and white card uses a heart that I embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. The swirls were a mess until I used waxed paper between the die and the cardstock when cutting. All the lacey type die cuts just pop out when you do this. No problem. I did run them through about 4 times to make sure they were all cut. This is an easy card to make.
My mailbox card is a new Whimsy stamp colored with Copic markers. The designer paper is from BoBunny and the border punch is Martha Stewart. Rhinestones and flowers finish off all art work beautifully.
To purchase any of these supplies, look at our store www.stampexpressstore.com. Availability depends on what we sell out of at the Gettysburg Croptopia Getaway this weekend.
My Valentine card
Valentine Mail card
Preparing for the Croptopia Getaway in Gettysburg the first weekend of February, I made these “LOVE” pages to display. I used my new Spellbinder dies for hearts, frames, and swirls. Putting together the patchwork heart is rather tricky. Cutting them in fourths is no problem, but piecing them back together is mind boggling.
The designer paper is from BoBunny and the stamps are Whimsy. Ribbon is Morex and flowers are Prima. Cardstock is ColorCore and Stamp Express. Of course I colored with Copic markers. If you are not attending the show, check our on-line store next month to purchase these items.
I’ve noticed that ribbon shaped strips of paper with the notch cut in the end have become popular. Cut a piece from scrap paper first and then use that as a pattern to cut the cardstock. That way you get even tails.
Next week we may be able to show you the free make and takes we will be doing. Check back then.
8x8 Love Page
121x12 Mailing Your Valentines
We are getting ready to vendor at the Gettysburg Croptopia event the first weekend of February. Here are some of the sample pages with new products to put on display. Our theme here is “winter”. Next week we will feature Valentines.
All shapes were cut with Spellbinders dies. ( snowflakes, hexagons, swirls, hearts, etc) The designer papers are double sided from BoBunny, as are the gems and flowers that match. Stamped images are the new Whimsy stamps and JustRite stamps. They are colored with Copic markers. Letters are cut out with Sizzix dies. And other printing was handwritten. If you are not attending the show, we will have these products online for you to purchase after that.
Brr 8x8 page
Let It Snow 8x8 Page
I Love Winter 12x12 Page
I saw this idea on a blog from a papercraft group I joined on Linkedin. Had to try it out and love it! Just glue a piece of aluminum foil to a piece of cardstock. Overlap the edges a little. Then run it through the Cuttlebug with an embossing plate. Use for borders and backgrounds. My scanning isn’t showing up very well. The metallic part is showing black. But, you get the idea.
Stamps used were JustRite, colors from Copic, background papers from BoBunny and DCWV. Ribbon is from my stash (probably May Arts).
Order supplies from our internet store at www.stampexpressstore.com.
Christmas is Here!
No matter how old they are, I still like to send the grandkids a Halloween treat. Now that they’re adults it’s in the form of a check! Here are the cards I made for them. Thought you’d find it interesting that I really didn’t use Halloween designer papers for layering. I just used what I had and made it look Halloweenish. The papers are from BoBunny, cardstock from Stamp Express, stamps from JustRite, dies from Spellbinders, and Sizzix ( the spiderweb). I colored with Copic markers and finished off with Prima flowers, ribbons and buttons from my stash and a word stamp from Hero Arts. I hope you enjoy these. All products are available at www.stampexpressstore.com.
Spider Web Halloween Card
Boo Halloween Card
Happy Halloween Card