Thursday, September 29, 2011

Club Cards from Monday

We used the Spice Cake DSP to make all of our cards in hostess club on Monday night.  I love how they turned out and while they look a little like autumn, they are great for any occasion. 



Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Wicked Cool Waterfall

I'm glad we're nearing the end of September because that means I can start posting Halloween cards on the blog!  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, so check back for more fun cards in the next couple of weeks.  I used the Wicked Cool set to make a waterfall card.  I love how it turned out.  (If there was sunshine in Oregon today the photo quality may have been a bit better, but you still get the idea.)


Monday, September 26, 2011

Spooky Bingo Fun

Last year Stampin' Up introduced me to a Christmas themed bingo set.  This year, they added one for Halloween.  I think it's fun and would be a great card for a child or an adult who loves to play bingo.  I made the card, popped up the skull and added some bling for eyes.  Then I made a coordinating bookmark.  It's just spooky fun! 

Saturday, September 24, 2011

More with the Spice Cake Fabric

It's amazing how much fabric you get with the packages from Stampin' Up.  Even after making my wreath, I have enough fabric left for several more projects.  I used one of the torn strips to make this card.  I like the "rustic" look and I think it lends itself well to fall. 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Craft Fair Season

The season of the craft fair has officially begun.  I'll be participating in events in November, but many crafters have started already.  I've found that Paperclip Bookmarks are a best sellers (which means I should start making some soon!)  I was playing today and thinking about the styles I'll offer for sale.  I realized that the flower from Button Buddies would be a good size for these.  Here's one I made in fall colors. 
And on another note, I still have a bunch of these huge paperclips.  I have plenty for my craft fairs plus plenty to sell.  If you'd like to order, you can do so by clicking on the link to the left of the page.  They are $5/dozen including shipping within the US.  (Shipping is expensive, so it's a great bargain!)  I will ask, however, when you order that you also send me an email (svzhong@gmail.com) just to let me know you've ordered.  I rarely check my Paypal, so if you don't notify me, I won't know to mail your paperclips.  :) 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Button Up for Fall

I love the Button Buddies stamp set because of it's versatility.  I decided to make a card for fall with the flower from the set.  I used Peach Parfait, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze and Pear Pizzazz.  I could have done it without the buttons and just popped up the center of the flower, but I love the way the Cajun Craze buttons look.  They add a whimsical and rustic look to the card.


On another note, I spent a great long weekend at a scrapbooking retreat in Grayland, Washington.  It was nice to have girlfriend time while making some really nice scrapbook projects.  I was also delighted to find out that this past weekend they have a really big annual garage sale that spans for something like 35 miles.  It was hard to tear myself away from scrapbooking, but I did it and I went out and found some great deals.  One of my favorite things I purchased was this wooden easel for $.25.  You'll now be seeing alot of it when I photograph the cards.   

Thursday, September 15, 2011

My Spice Cake Wreath


Stampin' Up sells beautiful designer fabric that coordinates with their paper and inks.  I love to look at it and to see what other people create.  However, I don't sew.  I can't make totes, aprons, or even placemats.  I can, however, make something that requires no sewing at all!  I made a wreath.  I used the Spice Cake fabric and mixed in some chocolate chip corduroy, ivory muslin, and some brown metallic tulle.  I cut my fabric into strips and tied them onto a foam wreath.  I added a bit of retired chocolate chip ribbon to attach the wreath to the holder on my door.  Then I realized that this wreath was smaller than past ones I've used and you can see the ugly hanger.  No problem... I stamped some leaves, cut them out and used to hide the bright blue hanger.  Now I just need to sit back, drink cider, and watch the leaves turn colors.   

Monday, September 12, 2011

Justin's Birthday

One of my friends contacted me to design a birthday card for her husband.  Lately my go to stamp set for masculine birthday cards is The Open Sea, but since Justin is a farmer, I wanted something that would be more appealing to him.  Here's the card I made using the Countryside stamp set.  Looking at it now, I wish I had used Stazon ink so that my apple baskets would have been more defined, but I do love the way the grass changed colors when I watercolored Old Olive ink across the Early Espresso inked image.

 

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Layered Punches

Stampin' Up recently added layered punches to the catalog.  They work a little differently than a regular paper punch since they have the capability to punch 3 different levels of detail.  Here's a video that describes how to use them.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

I'm a liar...

Last week, I walked outside to take pictures of some cards I'd made.  There was a strong breeze that made it feel very comfortable despite the fact the sun was bright.  I had been in a "fall' mood and had been making fall-themed cards. 


But I lied.  I thought that cooler weather was here.  I thought fall was coming early.  Boy was I ever wrong!  I think someone picked up Oregon and took it to Florida for vacation.  It feels like Florida outside (and I'd know since I spent 22 years living there before moving here!)  Actually, it is HOTTER than Florida!  My mother told me it was supposed to be 82 in FL today, but here in Corvallis, it's going to be 97!  Wow!  I just want to stay inside and feel the cool breeze of the air conditioning! 

The card I'm sharing today looks like summer with the pinks and greens, but there is a bit of orange thrown in to remind you that fall is coming... At least I hope so. 

Friday, September 2, 2011

Gently Falling

Oregon is starting to feel a little more like Fall. The sun is still shining, but the temperatures have dropped and are just wonderful right now, but there is pretty strong cool breeze outside today. As I was taking pictures of my cards, the wind kept trying to blow them away. lol I love Fall and I'm eagerly awaiting it's return in a couple of weeks. (Autumn officially begins on the 23rd!) I love the changing weather and especially the changing colors of the leaves.



Yesterday I played with the Gently Falling stamp set from the Holiday Mini Catalog. I also used the scoring tool with the new Spice Cake designer series paper & matching BIG buttons to make a pretty accordion rosette for the focal point of the card.


Have a great holiday weekend doing the things you enjoy most!


Thursday, September 1, 2011

New products

Today marks the official release of the Holiday Mini Catalog.  There are so many fun things included for Fall, Halloween, Christmas, and even Valentine's Day.  In addition to stamps, paper, fabric, and embellishments, we have a NEW product.  I'm happy to introduce the Simply Scored scoring tool.  It's great to get your cards scored in the right spot, but it's also great for creating embellishments for your crafts.  Check back tomorrow for a card I'm making and embellishing with a scored flower rosette.  I'd post it now, but the glue is still drying. lol   Meanwhile, check out this new tool that will change the way you craft.
 

New Scoring Tool!