Sunday, September 27, 2009

My Digital Studio



For those of you who know me, you know I don't do scrapbook pages. BFF Steph is way better at them, so I just let her show me hers (to which I admire them and wish I wasn't so intimidated by the whole thing). Well, folks, I've been saved! My Digital Studio is my new best friend (please note I didn't say BFF, you all know who that's reserved for). I did three scrapbook pages in less than an hour and a half. Sounds like a long time but honestly the hardest part was figuring out what pictures to use. The software is super easy to use and creates the best projects. I'm so glad Stampin' Up! came out with this fabulous new product. Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Convention 2009 Ladybug!



This cute little ladybug was the swap that BFF Steph and I did for convention. We had a blast and already have it on our calendar for next year! If you received this swap at convention, here is the recipe.

Ink: Sahara Sands, Real Red
Card Stock: Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White
Stamp Sets: Bella Toile (on the red wings), Kind and Caring Thoughts, Sanded
Accessories: Black linen thread, Basic Black grosgrain ribbon, Circle Scissors (3 inch circles for the black base of the body and the red wings that are cut in half), 1/2 inch circle punch-3/4 inch circle punch (for the spots), 1 3/8 inch punch (cut in half for the head.


If you have any questions, please email me at cvfriarfan@gmail.com

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Totally Tool


I bought this stamp set just for my hubby. Specifically this stamp! I also used the texture plates to make the more mustard look like wood grain! Love this card!
Card Recipe:
Paper: Close Coco (textured), More Mustard, Kraft, Very Vanilla.
Ink: Black StazOn Ink, Chocolate Chip, Summer Sun.
Stamp Set: Totally Tool.
Accessories: Blender Pens, Texture Plates Kit#4, Natural Hemp Twine, Jumbo Brads (Chocolate Chip), Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Friends 24/7


It’s been a while since I last posted. I’ve been a little busy taking summer classes (12 units to be exact) so I’ve put off stamping and blogging. With that said I do have a disclaimer: For the remainder of the summer my posts will most likely be short and sweet. I figure something is better than nothing and I’ve been putting of posting a project because I feel like it has to be a long post describing the card and apologizing for not posting in such a long time. Not this time…I’m just going to list the card recipe and post the picture. I might be a little bit more elaborate closer to convention…and as soon as I get my sneak peak order from the NEW catalog! I’m so EXCITED!!!! You may be seeing more of me! :o)
Card Recipe:
Paper: Kraft, Not quite Navy, More Mustard (textured), Chocolate Chip, Bella Blue DS
Stamp Set: Friends 24/7
Accessories: 1” Double-Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon Chocolate Chip, Square Ice Rhinestone Brads, Filigree Designer Brads, Linen thread, two way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Who's little roster are you?



I made this card a few months ago and never got around to posting it. I wanted to keep it rustic and worn looking. I used more of the earth elements colors and colored in the roster with the Stampin' Up! color pencils. This stamp set is a hostess stamp set that can be yours by hosting a workshop. Plus you'll get all the fabulous free products.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Friends Forever


OMG! I love, love, love the new mini catalog. This card totally reflects that. I used the Great Friends (#113792 $17.95) stamp set along with the Summer Love Rub-Ons (#114620 $11.95). For this card my color palette was baja breese, cameo coral, and kiwi kiss. All of the images on this card are rub-ons with the exception of the stem background on the kiwi kiss piece of paper. I don't use rub-ons that much but there was something about this set that I just loved. I'll be sure to share some of the other projects I've done with these rub ons. They are so worth the money! Love it!

Card Recipe:
Cardstock: Baja Breese, Kiwi Kiss, Cameo Coral, Whisper White
Ink: Kiwi Kiss
Stamp Sets: Great Friends (#113792)
Accessories: Summer Love Rub-Ons, Clear Rinestone Brads (from the Pretties Kit)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Howdy there stranger! Christmas bucket and Birthday Bear Hugs

It sure has been a long time since I've posted. I'm a terrible blogger. Forgive me. No need to heap on the apologies for my tardiness...instead I will hopefully redeem myself with some new stampin' projects. Let's get down to business. I have two projects that I am going to share with you. One is from Christmas time. I know, I know, a little late but I thought this little bucket was cute and I figured the idea can be changed for whatever you need. I bought the bucket at Target and tied a piece of 1/2 inch striped grosgrain ribbon in bashful blue. I added little bling accents to make it look pretty. The snowflake is from Stampin' Up's! Onboard chipboard. I covered it with tombow glue and then sprinkled silver glitter on top. I also used the chipboard for the '08 (and glittered it) to commemorate the date. Obviously this was for Christmas but you could always use a different bucket and decorate a letter or number chipboard to decorate the pail. I just love these as gifts. Super cute, super easy, and super special!
The next project I have to show you is a card I made for Daniel's Dad, Don Pepe (that's just a nickname we call him). His birthday was right after Christmas and I was really trying to make something manly yet cute. That explains why I used the bear from Under the Stars (#111556 $29.95). I just love this stamp set. When I first saw it I automatically wanted to do a camping scrapbook, but who am I kidding? I don't scrapbook nor do I camp. So the next best thing is a birthday card! I used the Prestwick DS paper (*frown* it's retired) to give it a bit of a man look. I figured plaid was perfect for that. The base of the card is Going Gray. I used Night of Navy, and Garden Green to tie the other colors from the DS.

Until next time...Happy Stampin'!
Shelley

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Happy Belated Birthday Steph...

...I remembered BFF Steph's birthday...I just didn't post about it until now. Steph's birthday is in November...actually the end of Novmeber so with all the holiday cards and posts I figured I would post a belated birthday post for my BFF after the holidays. As you can see I made a special birthday card along with a "special BFF box". Steph's favorite color is purple and well, pink is always cute, so with that in mind the card below was born. I used glossy white paper and stamped the images in Versamark. Then I sprinkled clear embossing powder over the images and used the heat tool to finish embossing it. Then I spounged the pink pirouette in the center of the card. I worked my way outwards with pale plum, perfect plum, and elegant eggplant (in that order). As you can tell I used a little pretties to make it pretty! heehee! Overall I was happy with the way the card turned out and enjoyed the resist technique.





Next I needed to create a special box for BFF Steph's gift. I made a bookmark (that I didn't take a picture of) so the box didn't really need to be that big. To be honest I don't even know the dimensions of the box. I used pink pirouette as my base color and then used DSP "Bella Blossoms". I have to say that the moment I saw the stamp set "Humor in High Heels" I had to have it. It reminded me of Steph and I so much that I refused to use it until I made something with it for her. I wanted to make the dress a little different so I stamped the image three times. First on a piece of white paper (I didn't reink the stamp in between this stamping), then again on the white square I was going to mount the "finished"dress on. I stamped a second image (I reinked this time) on the DSP. I cut out the bottom half of the DSP dress and glued it to the bottom half of my dress that was stamped on the other white piece of paper. I wanted to make sure that the dress looked as "real" as possible so I used the culuzzle to cut out the bottom two petals of the flower on the dress' belt so that I could slide the DSP under it to make the flower fit. I cut out the finished dress and used dimensions to position the dress off to the side of the "shadowed" dress' image. You can see what I'm talking about in the very bottom picture.


What made this box special was that I inserted a piece of matching pink paper inside the box that had the date (just happened to be her birthdate) and the occasion of the gift. I then told her that we would give this box back and forth to each other on special occasions and note it on the paper. I thought it was cute way for us to look back on all our "special" occasions and remember the great times we shared. I'm sure we will both look forward to receiving our "special BFF box" through out the years.

Happy belated birthday Steph. You will always be my embassador of Quan! Love ya!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Back to Reality!

What a wonderful Winter Break I had! Daniel was off as well and we had something to do everyday (with the exception of maybe two days when we did nothing but veg!) We saw a bunch of movies (everyone must go see Seven Pounds...I cried like a baby - no seriously, I even blubbered). We went to Daniel's parents house a couple of times (both times we made tamales - so yummy). We made an impromptu trip to Julian which resulted in us going to Mount Laguna and playing in the snow (I'll post pictures next week). The Monday before Christmas we stayed a night at the Barona Valley Ranch Resort (we had a free nights stay and figured we might as well use it...too bad for them we didn't spend any money {smile}). I baked like crazy and made a ton of yummy treats. I even got a chance to organize all the little things that I have been putting off like the Tupperware cabinet and the spare bedroom. I can't believe I even got a bunch of the filing done. I thought I'd never get to that! Whew! It was a great time off and I think what made it even better was having a "mini" vacation with Daniel. We enjoyed each others company and are so thankful we got some time to recharge our batteries!
So now that I have a fully charged battery I'm ready to kick 2009 off with a bang. My new motto for this year is "Stay Positive" and "Everyday is a new day to change". I figured with all the little goals I've set for myself I need to remember that change doesn't happen overnight - it's over time, hence my motto about change. And staying positive is something I desperately need to do. I too often catch myself being cynical or negative about things and have finally realized that nothing good comes from it. So here's to 2009 and a positive, healthy, happy, joyous New Year!
On to stamping...I intended to post all the picture from my last couple of weeks (all mentioned above) and needed to down load them from the camera. I realized that Daniel left the camera in the truck (which is parked across the street and I'm in my jammies so there will be no going out to get it). He went to the Charger game yesterday but didn't take any pictures. It's probably a good thing seeing as he takes a bunch of pictures that always look like the same thing. I'll post some of our trip to Julian that he took....hysterical...I have 2o picture of the same acre of land that didn't have anything but burnt trees. Gotta love him! Anywho, (sorry... I bird walk!) since I'm not able to show off some of my adventures or even some of the cute stuff I've stamped over the last few weeks I'll have to post some of the stuff I was waiting to post after the holidays. I think I shall start with the baby cards!
We had a flood of baby showers in October/November and I was stuck with making three different baby cards all with in a week of each other. I originally wanted to create one really cute design and then change the colors for each person's shower. That would have worked if everyone wasn't related! {smile} I couldn't mass produce. In retrospect I'm kind of glad as it was a lot of fun and I have to say they turned out pretty darn cute!

Card #1


The first card was made with bashful blue and chocolate chip. I stamped the main image in bashful blue and then used crystal effects the fill in the baby carriage. I sprinkled the blue glitter from SU! cosmo glitter collection. You will notice in the second picture that I used dimensionals to make the image "pop"!
Card #2



The second card was also done in bashful blue and white with a pop of barely banana. I dry embossed on whisper white the polka dots and then adhered it to the bottom half of the card. I then took a small piece of crimped barely banana CS and used glue dots to glue on my buttons. I used hemp twine to add a little something extra to the buttons. I stamped the image in bashful blue and then colored in the moon with a marker in barely banana. I also used crystal effects on the moon to make it stand out.

Card #3



The third card's color combo was certain celery and chocolate chip and kraft CS. I made this one a little different as I made it a pocket card. Sorry about the second picture. You will have to turn your head to the side to get the full effect. You can't really tell from the pictures but I did a lot of paper piercing. All the corners on the pull out card are pierced as well as the piece of certainly celery CS on the front. It was a lot of work, but it added the little something the card was missing.

Hope you enjoy all the baby cards. I have a few birthday cards and a 3D box that I can't wait to share. I'll also post our "winter break" pictures with in the week!

Happy Stamping!
 
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