Club Card- Spoiler!!!

Here is the card my club Members made this month.  I made the leaves with the paper crimper.
The designer Paper is adhered to the chipboard with a SU glue stick.  I then sanded the edges.  I hope the ladies like it!

Stamps: Circle of Friendship
Paper:  Bashful blue, purely pomegranate, old olive, cutie pie designer paper
Ink: purely pomegranate
Accessories: paper crimper, stitched ribbon, chipboard 


Pawsitively Fabulous

I absolutely admire the sheer talent of Lauren Meader. She came up with the fire hydrant. I cased it, and made it smaller so it could fit into a standard A2 envelope. HERE are her directions. This looks amazing in real life! perfect for any Dog lover!

Stamps: Dog & Sentiment from Pink Cat Studio
Paper: real red, whisper white
Ink: basic black, basic grey for sponging
Accessories: various SU punches, dimensionals, black ribbon, water color crayons in neutrals, coluzzle
Here is a shot of my poodles-- Thanks to everyone who emailed me asking about them! they are furry people here at our house! They are brother & sister. Lexy is the white one & Jake is the black/gray one.


Happy Fathers Day- 3 Ways

One Layout, 1 stamp 3 cards....Super simple!!!!!  Just match the stamp to the paper!

These whipped up in just minutes!  I kept the layout simple and no ribbon so it would be masculine.  took some scraps of designer paper and - Viola! 3 Fathers day cards!  I paper pieced the sentiment to get the colors.  you can also use markers.

Stamps:  All Holidays
Paper: More mustard, bravo burgundy and orange plaid designer paper from chatterbox.  Close to cocoa, bashful blue and argyle designer paper from Chatterbox.  Wild wasabi, tempting turquoise and East coast prep designer paper
Ink: More mustard, bravo burgundy, close to cocoa, wild wasabi, real red
Accessories: brads


A Whale of a Birthday

This was a fun card to make.  I followed the no copic, no problem technique from Julie Buhler.  The watercolor paper, when run through the nestabilities, automatically gets the embossed edge!  This makes a great birthday card for kids!

stamps: Pun Fun, CTMH sentiment
ink: black and blue bayou
paper: soft sky, blue bayou, watercolor paper, polka dot paper is from a 6x6 Junkitz pad.
Accessories:  stitched ribbon, nestabilities, dimensionals


Graduation Money Holders

I purchased the Gina K owl set a few weeks ago-- Aren't they so stinking Cute?  I can't wait for the new SU owl set!

I do not own any graduation sets so I improvised.  I found in my stash of single stamps- this tiny graduation cap and it happened to fit perfect on the owls!  Looks like I'll have to add a set to my collection soon. Keep in mind that any stamp set or Large sentiment can be used for the front panel where the owls are.  Just choose a larger image

Last year, during the holidays I made a bunch of money holders for my Christmas card buffet.  Well,  I scored 17 of them the wrong way!  oops!  I saved them...who can throw out 17 pieces of SU card stock??? NOT ME!!!  I re-purposed them into these money holders. All 17 are old olive so I had to work with all designer papers that matched old olive.

To make these:  7 x 9 piece of card stock
score at 2 an 6.5 inches on the long side

I added the strip of paper (1 inch x 7) on all 3 versions to make the flap longer (it barely closes when plain)  I used a color that coordinates with the designer paper.

the bottom pocket is closed with small eyelets

the front panel is approx. 4x3.  

Stamps: GinaK Owl set, short and sweet, CTMH congratulations sentiment, misc graduation cap
ink:  black, soft sky, chocolate chip, old olive
Paper:  old olive, soft sky, chocolate chip, bashful blue, pumpkin pie card stock.  Summer picnic, fall flowers designer paper
Accessories:  small eyelets, nestabilities, ribbon, prismacolor pencils and OMS, watercolor crayons and a water brush, corner rounder, sakura glitter pen


Tart & Tangy note card set

I totally cased this from Angie Juda over at Chic n' Scratch. Check out her blog-- she does some really amazing work! Thanks for the great idea Angie!

This is a 2 pocket note card holder made from an 8.5 x 11 sheet of card stock. Score the card stock at 5.5 (down the middle) and then turn and score at 2 inches. Then fold into this cute portfolio.

I cut small triangle notches out of the middle so it would fold flat. (see below) and I adhered the pocket on the outer edges to make sure the cards fit with out being to tight.

The note cards are flat, sized at 4.25 x 5.5 (standard A2). Then I adhered the white panel on top. These are great for quick thank you notes!


Stamps: Tart & Tangy, short and sweet

Paper: bashful blue, old olive, real read and whisper white card stock, summer picnic designer paper

Ink: black

Accessories: Die cut blooms, Markers for the cherries, 1 3/8 inch circle punch, scallop punch, corner rounder, jumbo eyelets, striped ribbon


Look at these cute cards I got in the mail this week. This Love card is from Deb Albright. Check out her blog HERE. Thanks so much for thinking of me Deb!

And this card is from Perrie in Colorado! How cute is this card with tabs for the saloon doors! I Love it Perrie (and so do my kids!) thanks!

Thanks for making my day and Hope you both have an amazing day!!!!


Life is good

I love this set because the poodle. I love all things poodle. I have 2! Enough about me, onto the card. Again, stamping the silhouette onto soft sky designer prints paper. This set is fun!
Stamps: She's All That
Paper: Soft Sky, basic black, designer prints paper
Ink: black
Accessories: Cuttlebug swiss dots, rectangle nestabilities, ticket corner punch, soft sky stitched ribbon, black brads


Thinking of You

I really am getting into the silhouettes this week. I just added this stamp set to my collection. I was on the fence-- then was enabled by some of the really fabulous cards I have been seeing in blog land and on Splitcoast. I followed the same theory as the She's All That post which was stamping on designer paper. What do you think? Its really pretty, in a shabby chic kinda way, I think???

the butterfly is stamped on the designer paper and then stamped again and cut out to have a 3-d effect. I covered him with the stardust pen.

Stamps: Essence of love
Paper: Bashful Blue, black, Basic Grey Designer paper, from a 6x6 stack
Ink: black
Accessories: Styled Sliver Hodgepodge Hardware, black marker, bashful blue 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon, sakura stardust glitter pen for the butterfly


Eastern Elegance & SCS color challenge

I was saving these big flower rub-ons from the Eastern Elegance set for just the right card. I wasn't really sure what to do with them until I saw this card by Nancy Riley, who cased it from Jacki Pedro. Not only did I find a great way to use these I also found a good reason to use my pearls from the Pretties kit. this color combo follows the color challenge from Splitcoast 2 weeks ago using Pomegranate, soft sky and black. I really like how these turned out and they look way better in real life! Thanks Nancy & Jackie for the great idea!

Stamps: Short and sweet
Ink: black
paper: soft sky, pomegranate, black
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Pretties Kit, Eastern Elegance Rub-ons, various punches and ribbon.


She's All That

Inspired by a gift bag in the new Papercrafts Magazine( June/July issue, page 26)- silhouettes on a background.

I thought I would try stamping the silhouette image onto designer paper. I love the effect and the simplicity of this. I hand drew the ground she is standing on with a chocolate chip marker and the swirls are from the set Priceless. I also separated the words from the stamped image before mounting them on the blocks.

Stamps: She's All That, Priceless
Paper: Chocolate chip and white cardstock. Pink designer paper from CTMH.
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Chocolate chip twill ribbon, oval punch


Invasion of the Monsters

My boys needed some Thank You notes for the Birthday money and Communion money they recently received. I found these little monsters in my stash of stamped images. Last year at a crop, I stamped up a few pages when my good friend Elisabeth purchased these stamps. Aren't they sooooo stinkin cute? My boys loved them! I colored them with my prisma color pencils and OMS (odorless mineral spirits). The card size is 3.5x5 and stamped inside its says "you make me smile". This gave the boys just enough room to write the recipients name, their name and thank you for the money. Boys have a short attention span and I need this to be as simple as possible! LOL. I think I made about 15 of these notes with various monsters and boy striped paper.

Stamps: Lil Monsters from Green Grass Stamps, Make it count SU hostess set
Ink: Black, various colors to match cards
Paper: Various
Accessories: Prisma color pencils, OMS, blender stumps

Ghiradelli Chocolate Holder

This is made from a Carousel Note card from the Occasions Mini. I found the tutorial here to make the pocket. These work great for treats, like Ghirardelli chocolates as well as gifts cards and other small items. I wrapped my chocolate with afternoon tea paper and stapled a ribbon on so it could pull out. Careful...these are addicting and easy to make!

Stamps: Circle of Friendship
Paper: Afternoon Tea, Carousel Notes
Ink: Wild Wasabi, black
Accessories: Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, wasabi double stitched ribbon, stapler, white gel pen, corner rounder, guard removed.


Berry Bliss Card candy

Here is my first set ever of "card candy" I made for a swap on my team. Card candy is a pack of embellishments used to dress up your cards. I choose the Berry Bliss with a pretty in pink and Close to cocoa combo and My Bitty Birthday Stamp set. I also added a Pink Hugs and kisses sentiment in a ribbon slider but its a little light in the photo. The pieces are attached with removable dotto so they are easily transferred to any card. The background could even be used for a card too, its whisper white rolled with the so swirly wheel. This was really fun to make!

Here is what I got as part of the swap. Sorry I can't give credit to the individual stampers- their names were not stamped on them anywhere. If you see yours, leave me a comment and I'll give you credit.


Wonderful You Birthday

Here is another card I made playing with the brayered sky technique and Emboss resist. For this one I stamped the flowers, colored them pink, then re-colored them with the versamarker (very carefully in the lines) and then they were clear embossed. After all these steps I brayered a few shades of blue (soft sky, bashful and blue bayou) to make the sky and wiped the ink off the flowers. Then I stamped the leaves and colored them with an artichoke marker. the cuttlebug background is tone on tone.

Stamps: Wonderful You, retired hostess label set
Ink: various shades of blue, black
Paper: soft Sky, glossy white card stock, regal rose
accessories: brayer, cuttlebug, styled silver hardware, wide grosgrain ribbon, designer label punch, slot punch


Brayered Sky Sympathy

Have you tried this technique? Click HERE to see the tutorial. and click HERE to see the gallery. Michelle Zindorf- WOW her cards are beyond AMAZING!!! Nothing original on my card- I cased one from the gallery to try this technique. This was my 1st somewhat presentable one.... Its a little harder than it looks. It works great with these black Lovely as a Tree set-- but don't look too close my trees are in the sky, LOL. The trick I found to make this work: roll the brayer FAST to get the sky to blend. This is wintery as we are entering summer! would make a fab Christmas card though. Hmmm may have to crank out a few of these! I have a few more of these as works in progress, mostly cased. If they ever get finished they probably will appear here soon.

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Non SU sympathy sentiment
ink: blue bayou, soft sky, pretty in pink, basic black (heat set so it did not smear)
paper: glossy white card stock, black and blue bayou
accessories: PATIENCE- I threw out about 8 pieces of cardstock before this one. Practice. post-it notes and of course a brayer!


Teacher Appreciation

Here are some Gift card holders I made for teacher appreciation week last week. On the inside it says: You're absolutely fabulous! At my daughter's school, every one donates a few gift cards valued at $5 each. They pass them out to the teachers randomly and everyone gets a few!

The holder on the left is cased from Lauren Meader at My Time.

Stamps: Lovely Labels, You're Absolutely Fabulous
Paper: Summer Picnic, gift notes (page 167 in the current SU catalog)
Ink: real red, black
Accessories: scallop and circle punches, ribbon, button


Wedding Announcements

I have been quite a busy paper crafter ....Last week I made my 1st set of Wedding Announcements for a friend. (Congrats Leigh Ann!!) Below is the full set and a close up of the Announcements and the Thanks You notes. The gift bag had matching purple tissue when I gave them to her. These were beautiful in person! The bride to be requested simple, yet elegant.

Stamps: Happy Harmony (retired Sale-a-bration set), inside message was computer generated.
Paper: Lovely Lilac, whisper white
Ink: Basic grey
Accessories: Circle nestabilities, markers for coloring the stamp (lovely lilac and mellow moss) sheer ribbon, cuttlebug, gift bag
total made: 20 each


3 Pocket note card holder-Cased!

OMG- You have to see Patty Bennett's blog with these adorable pocket note card holders. To Stinkin Cute! Here was my 1st attempt at casing. I Used K& Co Wild Saffron Paper (from the stack) and Stampin Up Sage Shadow. I used this paper because I was afraid to mess up a full sheet of my SU paper! LOL. If this ended in the trash- I would not care! The Stampin Up version is further down in the post!

How I made Mine. NOTE: I am not sure how Patty made hers-- but this is my look at the picture and fake it version. Thanks Patty! This was way fun, and a challenge to figure it out! I hope you don't mind me sharing with my readers your fabulous project.

I used 2 Sheets of double sided paper(save your scraps!), 2 sheets of Sage Shadow card stock (save your scraps here too!) and some scrap very vanilla paper and embellishments. The Envelopes are the SU small note cards that measure about 3x5.

Cut the 1st sheet of DP 6x12 and score at 4.5" and 9", fold to make the base of the holder. from the 2nd piece of 6x12, cut 3 strips in the following sizes: 2.5" x 6", 2.5" x 6" and 1.5" x 6" attach these to the base with glue on 3 sides to make the pocket. You can use Sticky strip-- but I used the liquid Mono Multi- a very thin line/strip very close to the edge. That stuff holds GREAT!

My card base is 5x7 folded to 3x5. This is the same size as the Stampin Up small note cards that Patty used in her version. I prefer colored cards and I have quite a few of these sized envelopes on hand. The belly band is the scrap (1.5 x11) from one of the sheets of card stock after it was trimmed to make the smaller card size. The rest is decorating - the 2nd piece of designer paper was used for the card fronts. Lovely Labels is the stamp set. The flower is from the pretties kit, died right on the sage shadow ink pad.

Top pocket is for stamps (none shown in my pictures), next pocket is for the cards and the 3rd pocket is for the Envelopes. This can hold 4 lightly Embellished cards and envelopes. the pockets are pretty tight.
Now Here is my 2nd version:

This version I used flat note cards, which means they are like a piece of stationary that does not fold. Perfect for a quick note. These fit very well in the holder. Here I used Summer Picnic paper, Bashful blue and old olive. Because there is no designer paper on these flat note cards I was able to make this whole set from 1 sheet of summer picnic 12x12 paper and 1 sheet of bashful blue and 1 sheet of whisper white. the embellishments and the belly band came from scraps in the drawer.

What great gifts these will make. We do a lot of teacher gifts at the end of the year. These whip up in under 1 hour!!!!!!

Want this as a class? Leave a comment or send me an email. If I get enough requests, I can fit this into the schedule! Enjoy!


Mothers Day

This was one of the designs included in my Make it for Mom Class.  There were several Mother's Day cards that I used as part of the class...which means not everyone got the same design.  This card measures 6x3.

Stamps:  All Holidays, Always
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Soft Sky, soft sky designer Prints paper
Accessories:  Wide ribbon, white embossing powder


Tart & Tangy Stamp Class

YES!  I have decided to jump on the Tart & Tangy bandwagon and host this as a Stamp Class. Lots of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators are offering this-- so I think I should be too! It should be Fun!

Each participant will receive the Tart & Tangy Stamp set (a $15.10 value), AND you will make these 5 card projects PLUS the Card Box featuring the stamp set and the Summer Picnic designer paper. A full color "follow the picture" instruction sheet, with Box Instructions, is included for all class participants. These make great teacher gifts!

All paper will be pre-cut and all supplies are included with your fee. Here are all the details:

  • Price $30 (includes the stamp set)
  • Project add on: Real Red, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie Markers $10.00
  • Extra kit with pre-cut paper and card stock $15.00

Girls Night Out!!: Thursday, May 29th from 8-10 pm at Jill's House

This class is a Pre-order for the stamp set. Please RSVP to 610-409-8448 or EMAIL ME By 5/16/08
Pre-payment is required. (I accept all forms of payment: cash, credit cards, money orders, paypal)

I look forward to hearing from you & hope you can make it!
Can't make it? Do you live far away? Take my Class by mail!

Class By Mail Price: Just add $4.60 for Priority Mail shipping.

Club Members Save $5- Ask me how!
Register & Bring a Friend Save $5
Special request? Let me know

I look forward to hearing from you!

the cards & box designs featured in this class were inspired by and cased by several SU demonstrators. They are very creative !


Monogram Madness

These are some spring Note cards I made using the Just Rite Monograms from this post.
I gave these to my co-workers as a surprise, no reason at all gift.  The main design element is black- to match the ink in the stamp.  

Stamps:  Just Rite Monogram stamper
Ink: Black
Paper: Pretty in Pink, SEI dp, Black, cool Caribbean (retired) 
Accessories:  Various Ribbons from my seriously insane collection!, marvy Punches, ticket corner punch, cuttlebug


10 Sweet Years

Today My oldest turned 10.  You bet-- I have one in double digits!  Very cool!  This is the card I made for him.  I used a ribbon buckle made with Hodgepodge Hardware.

Stamps:  Big Deal Numbers, Celebrate Everything, Background Basics
Ink: Brocade Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue
Paper:  Jersey Shore dp, Bashful Blue Brocade Blue, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: Star punches, white gel pen, HP hardware in pewter, wide ribbon


Make it For Mom

This class included a Photo Wallet for 4 great pictures, a set of 6 Monogrammed Note Cards for Mom and a Mother's Day card (not pictured).
These are a perfect gift to give any Mom in your life or to treat yourself!

Make it for Mom (photo wallet, note cards and Mother's Day card) $25
although my class is over I still have a few extra kits:

3 Kits available in So Saffron made with Office Accoutrement
1 Kit available in Groovy Guava made with Baroque Motifs
3 Kits available in Certianly Celery made with Priceless

All class kits are pre-cut, stamped where applicable plus all punches and embellishments are provided. These are ready to ship!
A "follow the picture" color instruction sheet is also provided. I also offer multiple kit discounts. Email me for Details! This is 1st come, 1st served.

I look forward to hearing from you! Thanks! JILL


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