June 19, 2009

Sneak Peek!

:: You are looking at stamped images from two of the new stamp sets from the SU 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalog!!!! I'm giddy over the new book and I know you will be too once you see it! However, this sneak peek will have to keep your curiosity up for a few more days.....July 1st is when the new book will be released. 
:: Just wanted to show the different layers. 
:: Inside
:: Its not the most masculine card I could have made for Father's Day, but I'm sure my dad will like it. Its handmade by me....what's not to like?...right? 

:: The DSP used for the top card is Tea Party #113992 (which will still be available in the new 2009-2010 book), and for the second card Good Morning Sunshine #113966 (which will not be in the new book). 
Since the stamp sets are not quite available I'm not listing names and item numbers, but you can bet that after July 1st I will have many more samples with these sets and I'll post the info then. :0) 

:: I cased this cute card idea from a great blog www.stampwithsass.blogspot.com. I changed it up a little to make it my own. Check out the Sassy Stampin' page and see Denise's cute cards. 

June 11, 2009

Tool Nods and Tips!

:: Okay, here's my stab at a commercial....hee hee
If you're like me you use your SU scissors for everything from cutting Sticky Strip & Dimensionals on to cutting cardstock and ribbon. Well I'm sure you've noticed after time there is that sticky buildup that happens on the blades, which makes cutting ribbon especially difficult. At first my bright idea was to have one pair of scissors for adhesive cutting only and another for ribbon and cardstock.....well that's great in theory until you grab the wrong one and try cutting the ribbon with sticky stuck to your scissors! Are ya with me so far? 
One day my husband walked by my craft desk as I was having a little fit over the fact that my ribbon was stuck to my adhesive laden scissors and he said, ya know, I have something that would help you. I of course laughed at him for thinking he could enter my craft world and out do me.....but then I figured it was at least worth listening to his proposal. That's when he introduced me to GENERAL PURPOSE ADHESIVE CLEANER!  (I think I like him just a little bit more than I did before....hee hee) 
You dab a little bit of the adhesive remover on a towel and wipe your scissors clean.....its great stuff. 
So, if you're like me and frustrated with the goo on your scissors try some of the GENERAL PURPOSE ADHESIVE CLEANER. 
(And, no, I am not a paid advertiser....simply just a fan of a product that does what it says and thought I would pass the tip along). 
:: Okay and for my next product.....this is more of a nod than a tip.
OMG!.....FINALLY a paper trimmer that isn't huge, yet allows you to cut cardstock for the average 4  1/4"  x  5  1/2" card without needing the swing arm to do so. AND my friends.......there is no longer the gray area where the swing arm and the trimmer meet.....you know, the part where there are no measurement markings.  Yahoo and Thank you Fiskars! Its so nice that we can finally cut without guessing! 
I was so excited to get this posted that I neglected to take a picture of the swing arm to show you how this new and improved cutter has the measurements marked so there is no longer a blank area when you are trying to measure along the swing arm hinge thingy. The area where the swing arm folds up is clear now allowing you to see the measurements. This one little thing will change my card making for the better! There aren't enough words to express my excitement over this! You should have seen me yesterday when I happened across it in the stamp aisle at Joann's. Unfortunately its not an SU product, but even an SU diehard like myself was willing to go outside the box for this cutter. 
::Now, it could be that this trimmer has been around for a while and I just didn't know about it (I don't get out of the SU book much), but none the less, I thought I would pass along the excitement! 
Happy Cutting!

A couple more cards with Parisian Breeze

:: Notice how I tied the ribbon differently with the hodgepodge hardware (flower ribbon slide) on each card. Subtle little change, but I thought it was worth noting. 
:: Since I still had the Parisian Breeze Specialty DSP out from when I made the sympathy cards the other day I made a couple more cards with it. Parisian Breeze is not available in the new 2009-2010 Stampin' Up! idea book and catalog, so I've been trying to get it used up. I'm kind of bummed it won't be available, because I really love the Baja Breeze and Chocolate Chip together. However......there are some new fun In Color papers coming your way in the new book starting July 1st! 

June 3, 2009

With Heartfelt Sympathy

:: Not exactly the kind of card a person wants to send, but when its needed its nice to have them on hand so you can get them out to the person as quick as possible to show you're thinking of them. 

:: This is a pretty basic card, but considering the message, I thought the more simple the better. 

Items Used:: 

Stamp Set:: Close As A Memory

Cardstock and Ink:: Parisian Breeze Specialty DSP, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Sahara Sand (around the edges)

Embellishments:: Ribbon Originals Valet