I started using Stampin Up products about 5 years ago when I found it virtually impossible to find greeting cards that I liked. So why not make my own I thought. Last year it struck me, a bit like the Remington Shaver guy from those old TV ads, that I liked it so much I joined (not bought!) the company as a Demonstator.

Thanks for visiting my blog, though I enjoy card-creating with Stampin Up a lot more than I do blogging. But I thought it might be the best way to share some of my creations and hopefully inspire you to give this a try. As my husband proudly proclaimed (in a rare moment of humility) after he'd created his own card...if I can do it, he said, anyone can!

So come on and join in the fun!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Some of my creations from Christmases past...come back soon for my Christmas 2011 designs!

"Merry Christmas Dasher": After the colour renovation, I found myself with tons of retired paper so I started playing - here I used Really Rust (a colour I was sad to see disappear) but it could be just as effective with Cajun Craze. "Dasher"was embossed with Classy Copper (unfortunately discontinued) on Whisper White then mounted on Soft Suede with metallic beads. Really Rust cardstock was distressed, mounted on Whisper White and adhered to a Really Rust base.

"Merry Christmas Little Girl": As soon as I saw the "Greeting Card Kids" set, I was sold! I mad this card the day the set arrived from Stampin Up and now I can't find it so I'm scraping the rusty areas of my brain to think of what I used - Old Olive cardstock, Melon Mambo on her hat and coat and Pretty in Pink for her leggings and scarf. The sleigh was shaded with a Soft Suede marker and the tree in Old Olive. The greeting is from "Bells & Boughs"(Holiday Mini). Certainly Celery 5/8" twill ribbon with a Pretty in Pink button, tied with linen thread and adhered by a mini glue dot.

Personally, the majority of the Christmas cards I send have a religious overtone and I love the simplicity of the "City of David" stamp set. This version is embossed in black on Creamy Caramel cardstock.

Of course, there may be a few birthdays between now and Christmas Day...

Or...a even a true birth day!

Maybe a need to just express a sentiment...

This "Good Luck" card was derived from bits leftover from a "One Sheet Wonder" set. I was aiming for a set with perhaps a more masculine look to them using Sahara Sand, River Rock, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, and Basic Black. Wondering what a "one-sheet wonder" is? Contact me and I'll show you how...my email is shown on the right. This particular sheet made about a dozen cards.

Here are some of the cards I made from the "One Sheet Wonder" set.

I've added this next card for those of you new to stamping so that you can see that you don't need to have tons of stuff to start. Whisper White and More Mustard cardstock, some buttons, smidge of ribbon, a black Stampin' marker, a sentiment stamp from "Teeny, Tiny Wishes". I used the matt pack to create the holes but, trust me, a ruler and a sewing needle works fine too. Yes my buttons coordinate but you probably have extra buttons lying around your home.

Or maybe there's a wedding in the works:

And Stampin Up can help you create the invitations:

Whatever the occasion, you can create a unique greeting card that will be truly appreciated. Bring your imagination and enthusiasm and I'll see you at my Open House on October 2nd!