Saturday, February 12, 2011

Happy Valentines Weekend!

Happy Saturday morning, girlies! I'm so happy the weekend is finally here. Not much stamping going on around my house these days; I started running on the treadmill after work again, so my days have been spent working out instead of stamping. I think I will appreciate this choice when swimsuit season rolls around again! LOL! Unfortunately sometimes this means I'll be neglecting my blog. But in my search for balance, I'm trying to be okay with this!

Since it's Valentine's day on Monday, I wanted to show you a couple more vintage Valentines, and some of my creations from some cool Papertrey sets by PineFeather Press. Check out the shape on this great old victorian
valentine! Isn't it great?

And the penguins! How freakin cute are they?

Last month I got 2 of Heather Nichol's stamp sets, called "Warm Happiness Too", and "Little Bitty Bird". Both of these sets adapt easily to Valentines cards! On this one I tried using Kraft paper in honor of Heather, however I will never have the knack she has with using it! I tried to stamp red hearts on kraft and then brighten it up with my red polka dots. I showered this card with hearts and buttons and glittered the hearts up. Hmph. Not sure if I love it or not, but the birdies seem to be enjoying themselves!

Hope everyone enjoys their weekend and has a Happy V-day on Monday!

Hugs! Lisa

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Day 6 - Project Animal Hearts

These are my favorite cards from my most recent shelter batch. I used 2 of the dogs from Raisinboat's "Puppy Love" stamp set, and the heart from "Paws to Remember". These took a little more putzing, as I masked the heart off so that the dogs could be centered in the heart. I had fun doing them, so I really didn't mind the putziness so much.

I used up more old scraps of paper. I swear, I don't know how I ended up with this much paper! When I crank out multiple cards, I do the cards in stages - first I design the card in full. Then I pull out old scraps that match and add all the patterned paper backgrounds to the card. You'll notice I ran out of some of the paper, so I substituted green plaid, or brown polka dots. They are all the same, but a bit "different" because the patterned paper is different. Then I make all of the center images at once. Finally, I attach the main image to the cardstock and add the final embellishments.

I decided that since I dropped a batch of cards this week, I'd add valentines to the mix. I was careful not to stamp them with "valentines day" sentiments, so if they don't sell the cards in the next 2 weeks, they can be used for love cards anytime. So the center of the card just reads "I adore you".

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Day 5 - Project Animal Hearts

Sympathy card day - cat themed! This one was a stretch, but I did manage to use the goldfish/cat from Raisinboat's "Cattitude" stamp set to create sympathy cards. I thought it would be okay for a grieving pet owner to remember the good times too!

I also found this paw-themed EK Success punch at JoAnne Fabric for 40 percent off..I decided to splurge and grab it, because I know it will get used for shelter projects.

Using up old Crate paper, along with some more patterned paper from a block that was gifted to me. GIT R GONE! :)

Hugs, Lisa.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Day 4 - Project Animal Hearts

Okay, moving on from dawgs to cats. I did cat-themed thank-you cards, also. These 2 cats are from a Raisinboat stamp rental set called "Cattitude". Check out the cards you can make from this set....birthday, thank you, and I even managed sympathy from this set! Sympathy to follow tomorrow.

Another hint - the beautiful thing about renting stamps is that it forces you to get them all done in your rental month. I tend to stamp a bunch of the sentiments off on paper for future use, so that I can use them at a later time with other animal sets! It's an easy way to get extra value from your $5.99 stamp rental!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Day 3 - Project Animal Hearts

Aaack, Monday again! Well, I got a ton more animal cards done this weekend, so I'm cranking along here! Today I wanted to show you some of the animal sympathy cards I made for my shelter project. Animal sympathy cards are definitely the best sellers in my shelter basket. I believe it's because they are hard to find in a regular greeting card store anywhere! This is the little curled up dog stamp I was telling you about yesterday...he can be used for sympathy or 'sorry you're sick, or 'ruff day' cards. He's from Raisinboat's stamp set called "A Dog's Life"
These are super easy to color, so I can crank out a ton at once. The patterned paper is from a big block of scrapbooking paper that a friend gave me as a gift a MILLION years ago (USE IT UP!). The 3-d paw is a die-cut I found at Archivers - I cut a ton out of brown paper and added them as an embellishment. The sentiment is from a Raisinboat stamp set called "Paws to Remember".
More tomorrow!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Day 2 - Project Animal Hearts

Good morning! Today is day (2) of showing you the samples I've been making for my "Project Animal Hearts" - making cards to benefit animal shelters and humane societies. My goal with these cards is not to reinvent the wheel or come up with a new technique, it is to create a large number of cute cards in a small amount of time. So I kept my layouts simple. I created a bunch of thank-you cards, meant to be given to an animal caretaker or know, the ones that let your dog out when you can't get home in time, or take your pet for the weekend when you're out of town?

These little barky yorkie cards were created with a stamp set from Raisinboat called "A dog's Life" - one of my favorite sets for making shelter cards with, because the other dog in the set (the one in bed) is PERFECT for pet sympathy cards. I'll show you sympathy samples tomorrow.

The patterned paper here is by Heidi Grace....I bought it at Michaels 2 weeks ago on CLEARANCE for .29 per sheet! I bought a ton of sheets because it was so cheap, and the opposite side of the paper is that green plaid, that mimics GRASS! QUICK! EASY! CHEAP!

The inside of the card has more "BARKING" and then a sentiment that says "THANK YOU, YOU'RE THE BEST".

I invite you to CASE any and/or ALL of my cards for this project - if you want to participate, please take whatever inspiration you need in any form. The goal here is to USE UP paper, create something from nothing and help raise money for shelter animals.

Tomorrow: Animal Sympathy

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Animal Shelter Project - Need your help!

Good morning, everyone! I'm finally ready to start posting pictures of my latest stamping project. First, a little background for you. Last year I had to put my pet to sleep, and while I was waiting in the vet's office, I noticed a donation box in the lobby, asking for help to build an animal shelter in my hometown. Recently there's been many stories on the news about animal shelters across the nation closing down, due to lack of donations with the recession. A light bulb went off in my head; I had a room full of patterned paper, cardstock, and embellishments just waiting to be used. What better way to use stuff up than to make cards to encourage donations. So I started cranking out pet-themed birthday, sympathy, thank-you and "Congratulations on your new pet" cards. I put about 40 cards in a basket with some envelopes and a sign that read: "Greeting cards $3.00 - put donation in animal shelter donation box". A few weeks later, I got a call from the vet telling me that the cards were ALMOST GONE! I did the math in my head; $3.00 x 40 cards = $120 toward the shelter. So I made 40 more cards and I was off and running. I'm telling you this story, not to toot my own horn, but to encourage you to sort through your old patterned paper & grab some stamps...each of us can make a small difference in the world, by using our stamping & scrapbooking talents to help worthy causes. So. Every day this week I will be posting different animal-themed cards, in hopes of inspiring you to pull out your animal stamps and start making a difference. Ask your vet if you can put a basket on their counter and a donation's as simple as that. I have become bored with the few sets of animal stamps I own, so this month I rented a bunch of stamps from RAISINBOAT and started cranking out cards again! If you don't have animal stamps but would like to participate, I encourage you to go rent some from RAISINBOAT - get your stamping friends together and have a shelter party and crank some cards out. I will tell you this, you will feel good about doing it. And you will USE UP stuff from your CRAPFT supplies. So come with me on a little animal heart journey this week. More to follow! Hugs, Lisa.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Tea with Alice Stamp Set & Creative Scraps

And she does it AGAIN! Just when I thought the last Alice in Wonderland set couldn't get any cuter, Sandy Redburn from Crafty Secrets rocks my world with MORE cool images like the mad hatter, a sweet little mouse, Alice, and blank teacups that can be stamped on patterned paper for fun shabby teacups!

This set is called Tea with Alice, and I'm absolutely MAD for it! There are also new creative scraps with tons of Alice images for you to use in scrapbook pages, layouts and cards!

Sandy will be releasing more sets this week on the Crafty Secrets blog HERE...make sure to stop by and check out all the new goodies!


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Crafty Secrets New Release Sets

YAY! I can finally show you the new stamp sets I've been playing with for the past few weeks! I've been SO excited for this release! Sandy at Crafty Secrets just posted photos of 3 of her new stamp sets this week for CHA.

I have had the pleasure of playing with this new Wizard of OZ set for a few weeks now, and as I was coloring one image, card ideas just kept popping into my brain, so I KEPT MAKING THEM!! There are SO many ways to use the images in these sets!! I am always in AWE of the cool images Sandy finds... are you LOVING these as much as I do???!

Here are some of the samples that I made with the new sets. I'm a day behind the Crafty Secrets blog, so if you want more new releases & samples, check it out HERE. She has a new Alice in Wonderland set too, that I'll post tomorrow! Short but sweet tonite. Lots to upload! L.

This set is called "Wonderful Pig"...what a happy image!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Scoot over here

Still "Rockin it Unity-Style" in St Paul! This time with a sweet little glittered scooter. Diggin my Martha Stewart lace punch, too! :)

The little 3-d felt hearts were from a kids package of valentine decor from Michaels. Makes it less putzy when they are pre-made, and the whole package was only $2.99! Enjoy your weekend, ladies!


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Vintage Valentines

Hi again! I thought that today I'd post some more vintage valentine inspiration for you. Yesterday's valentines were more from the 50's era..these are definitely VICTORIAN and putzy!

I scored these last summer during a junking adventure. I love the multiple layers on them, and how lacy they are.



Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Life is Sweeter.

Hi girlies! Life is crazy here in snowy MN...I'm a travel agent, so I'm fielding calls left and right for people whose flights have been cancelled from the snow! I just heard that out of the 48 continental US states, 47 have snow...the only exception is FLORIDA! Girls, let's all head to FLORIDA!

The good thing that happens when the weather is cold and snowy, is that I hit my stamp room after work and lose myself in creating cards. Last week I was busy creating valentines. Here is another Unity valentine, made with Unity's "Rockin It, Unity Style" stamp set. This fun little gumball machine is easy to color, and I can crank out about a million of these, easily.

I promised to show you some of my vintage valentine collection...I love how simple and sweet they all are!

Hope you are as inspired as I am by them!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Papa Z's Birthday.

Wooooo HOOOO! On a roll with the blog posts! 2 in a row! I should get a silver star for that! My Dad (affectionately known as Papa Z) had a birthday last week, which we will be celebrating today. My Dad is KING OF SHORTCUTS. If there is a shortcut way to get there, he will find it. Sometimes the shortcuts involve dirt roads that dirty your car, complicated routes through foreign neighborhoods, or cutting through farm fields (kidding). But if there's a shorter way to get home, it's all worth it. SNICKER! I pulled out my Crafty Secrets Car Classics set to pull out a fun speedster car to make a birthday card with.

The base of my card is made with a vintage map that I scored at a sale for .75 cents. I pulled out the Wisconsin map and used my hometown section so that it reflects the actual area that Dad does all his "SHORTCUTS".

I also pulled out some vintage metal buttons, and found some really worn ones! The one on the top almost reminds me of some kind of wrench. I want to do a vintage button 101 class for you soon; I have lots of stuff up my sleeve but need to get organized!

I also framed the sentiment with some Crafty Secrets chipboard frames, covered in glitter. A tip for you when glittering; I colored the white chipboard with grey copic marker before I glittered, so that you don't see any white base peeking through the glitter. Gives it a more even effect. Also, I mod podge my glitter on, so the glitter sticks better & more evenly. Happy Sunday, all! L.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

You rock my world.

Morning girlies! Well, we made it through the first week of the year, and so far I'm optimistic that this year will go better than last! I've been working on Valentines again, and had ordered a kit of the month from Unity called "Rockin it, Unity Style". This kit is packed with fun images that are simple to color and have great sentiments! I'm always drawn to stamp companies that coordinate their images with great sentiments. I used some fun, bright papers from My Minds' Eye and Bo Bunny that have primarily red colors in them, and turned this little jukebox into a valentine card!

I glittered the jukebox up with some fun "punk" purple glitter from Our Craft Lounge. I'm sort of on a glitter kick this month with all my cards, so you'll be seeing sparkles on everything right now!

I've been trying to organize my stamps by putting them into jewel cd cases; I bought a whole box of empty cd cases in bulk from Uline. (Thanks for the tip, Carol!) Because this Unity kit had so many images, I had to use 4 cd boxes for this set~ so I figured out that you can use a big ribbon, threaded through the top case, to gather the boxes together.

Baby steps into the organization! My Mom found this great cd holder at a garage sale for a buck. It has handles on the top and bottom, so if I need to move this, I just tip it sideways and carry it as is! HANDLES! YAY! Yikes, I just noticed my ribbon holder needs some love. BIG SIGH~!

Happy weekend, everyone!