Friday, June 24, 2011

Monkey Valentine

My daughter's daycare class had a Valentine party this past year and I was bound and determined to make all the cards for all the babies in her class (at that time, she was in the 6 week - 12 month room). My second goal was to use a whole bunch of scraps - cardstock, DSP, and ribbon - to make all the cards. I succeeded. I basically designed a layout and just switched out colors, ribbons, or DSP as needed.    

Stampin' Cita Tips:
  • Card base is a simple 3 x 3. Easy to use big scraps of cardstock and smaller scraps of DSP. I let my scraps dictate the color scheme for my cards. 
  • Stamp Sets: Fox and Friends, Teeny Tiny Wishes
  • Accessories: 1-3/4" Scallop punch, Word Window punch, 1-3/8" Circle punch, 1-1/4" Circle punch, Ticket Corner punch. 
  • Any image from the Fox and Friends stamp set will work perfectly for this card. I just like monkeys so much that I forgot to use any of the other images, which include a fox (imagine that), turtle, whale, lion, owl, and giraffe. 
  • Once again, my go-to sentiment stamp set is Teeny Tiny Wishes. This card would make a perfect baby shower card, and Teeny Tiny Wishes has the perfect sentiment for that. I'm starting to think that everyone should have their own Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set. 
  • The little heart came from the Two-Step Owl punch. I punched a scrap piece of Real Red cardstock and adhered the little heart with half a Stampin' Dimensional.



 

I'm not sure if the babies appreciated all my hard work, but hopefully one of their parents did. If anything, I had fun making these cute little cards, and it really did not take that much time.

Happy Stampin',
Cita


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

So Happy For You

 

This past Sale-a-Bration season was amazing. I loved all the sets and all the free stuff that I earned during this awesome event. As a demonstrator, I even earned a free stamp set in addition to all the ones I earned during the promotion. I have until the middle of July to pick my stamp set; I'm waiting for the new catalog to be available so I can get a set out of that catalog. Another perk of being a demonstrator is all the free product you can earn through different contests and incentive programs. 

Anyways, I talk about Sale-a-Bration  because the cards in this posting feature the Sale-a-Bration So Happy for You stamp set. This was such a cute, versatile set that I'm holding on to (I'm currently going through my stamp sets and getting rid of the sets that are "retired" and I no longer use). 

Stampin' Cita Tips:
  • Color scheme: Crumb Cake, Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie, and Rose Red
  • Stamp Set: SAB 2011 So Happy For You
  • Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Natural Hemp Twine, Filigree Brad, Sponge
  • Stamp the star image in Pumpkin Pie three times on Whisper White. Then on a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the star image again in Elegant Eggplant and then two more times in Rose Red. Cut out just the star image (not the tail) and use a Stampin' Up! dimensional to place the star cut out on the Pumpkin Pie star images. 
  • Use a sponge to sponge Rose Red around the piece of Whisper White. Adhere this piece onto a piece of Elegant Eggplant. 
  • Use a paper piercing tool to punch a hole for the Filigree Brad. Once the Filigree brad is in place, wrap the Hemp Twine around the Filigree brad and adhere to the back of the Elegant Eggplant piece with scotch tape. 
  • Adhere the Elegant Eggplant piece to the Crumb Cake card base (which is 4"x4"), then stamp any of the wonderful sentiments from the So Happy for You stamp set. 
I'm all about designing cards that can be used for a variety of events, and what's great about this card is that you can use this design for pretty much any sentiment included in the So Happy for You stamp set.

Happy Stampin'!
~Cita

Friday, June 03, 2011

Belated Easter Wishes


I am forever going to be behind on holidays and blog postings. This posting will be no different. :)

I actually made this card way back in March for our monthly Ladybug Ink swap. I found this awesome idea of making a tulip using the Owl Punch from a demonstrator on the Stampin' Connection, the online community for Stampin' Up! demonstrators. I usually don't make Easter cards, but I loved how this one turned out. I guess I'm more into the holidays this year. First I make Valentine cards and now here I am making Easter Cards. 
Stampin' Cita Tips:
  • Color Scheme: Perfect Plum, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
  • Stamp Set: Something to Celebrate (from the 2011 Occasions Mini Catalog)
  • Accessories: Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Scallop Square Duo Bigz Die, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die, Two-Step Owl Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Whisper White 3/8 Inch Taffeta Ribbon 
  • To make the tulip, first, punch three owl bodies using the Two-Step Owl Punch. 
    • Cut off the owl feet.
    • Sponge the edges of each body with Perfect Plum ink. 
    • Array the punch outs on top of each other. Notice that you will have to cut off one of the Owl's ears depending on how you position the punch outs (see picture below).   
    • I improvised the stem by free-hand drawing it. 

  • Stamp your greeting in Perfect Plum ink on Very Vanilla cardstock, then punch it out using the Decorative Label punch. Make sure your greeting is toward the top of the punch out. Sponge the edges with Perfect Plum. 

Although this is a great Easter-themed card, it would work great as a sympathy or thank you card as well. Just change the greeting at the bottom. Hope you enjoy it.

Happy Stampin'
Carmelita 

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Last Chance List

Such a bittersweet day it was today.
Today Stampin' Up posted the Last Chance list - the list of the hundreds of retiring  stamp sets, accessories, and home d├ęcor products. These items will be available until June 30, 2011, and then their gone.
Click the links below to get your favorites before it's too late
Happy Stampin!

~Cita